Each spring, eligible Harvard degree holders may vote in the annual elections for members of the University’s Board of Overseers and the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Elected Directors. 

After deliberating on a large pool of names submitted for consideration, a committee of alumni appointed by the Harvard Alumni Association generates a slate of candidates who appear on the spring ballot. The HAA nominating committee ordinarily presents eight candidates for five vacancies on the Board of Overseers and nine candidates for six vacancies for the Elected Directors. A prospective candidate for Overseer may also qualify for the ballot by petition. For a prospective petition candidate to qualify, a requisite number of eligible voters must submit signed forms in support of the prospective candidate’s appearance on the ballot.

Information on the 2022 election results can be found here.

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Harvard Board of Overseers

The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards, the other being the President and Fellows, also known as the Corporation. 

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HAA Board of Directors

The HAA Board of Directors empowers volunteers to strengthen the Harvard alumni community.  

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Ballot Questions

After April 1 to request a replacement ballot, call the Election Services Corp. (ESC) help desk toll-free at:
1-866-720-4357 (M-F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET)
1-516-688-7013 (international)

You can also email the help desk at:

Please include your name, mailing address, degree, and graduation year.

General Questions

You can reach the HAA Online Help Desk by filling out this contact form.

You can also reach us by email at:

By phone at 1-800-823-2478 or 617-496-0559
(M-F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET).

Due to call volume, please anticipate 3-5 business days for a response.