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From November 2022 to February 2023, Harvey ran as a petition candidate for the Harvard Board of Overseers. Although Harvey did not collect sufficient number of petition signatures to be placed on the ballot, he will be running as a write-in candidate when ballots open on March 31st, 2023. 

Ballots are live now. They can be accessed online. You should have received an email from This email will contain your election validation number and the link to the ballot (you can find the link here but you need your election validation number to access it. If you do not know what your election validation number is, please contact the Harvard IT help desk by emailing or by calling 617-495-7777.)


Paper ballots will also be postal mailed to Harvard alumni whose postal mailing addresses Harvard has on file. If you wish to receive a paper ballot and have not, you can contact the Harvard IT help desk. However, we strongly recommend that you vote online if you are able.

Ballots are open until May 16th, 2023.To write-in Harvey's name on the ballot, you will need to write or type (depending on whether you are submitting a physical or electronic ballot) Harvey's full name on one of the blank spaces under the list of candidates for the Board of Overseers. Harvey's full name is Harvey Silverglate. Then, check off the box next to his name and submit the ballot. 

If you have further questions or concerns, please email or submit a form by going to

Your vote matters! In recent years, there has been a low turnout for the Board of Overseers elections. The established candidates are chosen by the alumni association and do not necessarily have a large following. The five Overseer candidates who receive the most votes win a seat. Note that you do not need to vote for more than one candidate. With your write-in vote for Harvey, he has a real chance to win and to protect free speech, academic inquiry, and viewpoint diversity at Harvard. 

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