All delegates must register for GA in order to participate and vote on business items. Off-site delegates follow a separate registration process.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) does not need to know the names of the on-site delegates your congregation selects before they register for GA. Registration for GA is the same process for on-site delegates as it is for non-delegates. All delegates must register and receive a Registration ID number before credentialing for GA. Delegate ribbons and voting cards will be issued to on-site delegates when they arrive at GA.
Obtain a delegate credential from your congregation. Credentials are sent to certified congregations in March.
Contact your congregation and request that your credential information be re-sent to you.
You may request a replacement from the UUA Secretary at GA.
In 2013, General Assembly delegates passed a bylaw change that allows for UUA elections to be conducted by electronic ballots. If an election is necessary (contested), instructions on how delegates will cast votes electronically will accompany the credential cards. Please be sure to read the instructions carefully and completely.
Most (not all) Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations are certified. Check to see if your congregation is certified.
All certified congregations have one member delegate for every 50 members (or fraction thereof), with a minimum of two delegates.
The following religious professionals serving/affiliated with certified congregations may also be delegates:
More about how delegates are determined.
An alternate is a member of the congregation designated to replace a member delegate at GA, if necessary or desired. This may be decided before or during GA. The alternate presents both an alternate card and the original delegate's materials at GA. An off-site delegate may not serve as an alternate delegate.
A congregation may have the same number of alternate member delegates as it has member delegates. Alternates may replace delegates as necessary before or during GA.
Every congregation decides how to select member delegates. All delegates must be voting members of the congregation.
There is no special category for "youth" delegates, but youth may be delegates so long as they are members of the congregation.
The relationship between a congregation and its delegates is determined by the congregation, not the UUA. There are no guidelines in the UUA Bylaws governing individual congregations. So, if a congregation wants to instruct its delegates, it can.
Contact the GA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 948-4209.
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Last updated on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
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