|Description of SG Elections: |
Spring 2011 Elections:
The University of Florida still uses a paper-and-pencil ballot system where students can go to the polls at different locations on campus. The president and vice president run on a single ticket together, so if one wins, they both win. Following along with the average, UF had a 20 percent turnout in elections this year.
Student Government elections are held in the Spring and Fall of each year. The Executive Branch and Senators (by College) are elected in the Spring. In the Fall, Senators are elected according to living areas (on campus, off campus and family housing).
To qualify to run in the elections, a student must fill out the appropriate forms with the Supervisor of Elections. Campaigning usually starts a few days after the informational meeting. A student can run as an independent candidate or they can slate with a party.
The Student Body President, Vice President, Treasurer, Honor Code Chancellor are elected in the Spring. These officers serve on a one year term. Voting takes place for two days at various polling locations on campus. Student must have a photo ID to vote and know their UF ID number or have their Gator 1 card. Qualifying is held for three days during each election cycle; you may check back here for dates.
Section 1. Qualifications to vote.—The Student Body, as defined by Article II Section 1, shall comprise the electorate. Each member of the electorate shall be entitled to vote in Student Body elections.
Section 2. Fall general election.—The fall general election shall occur on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the sixth week of the fall term.
Section 3. Spring general election.—The first day of the spring general election shall be the last Tuesday in February and the second day shall be the succeeding calendar day.
Section 4. Spring run-off election.—The spring run-off election shall occur on the Tuesday and Wednesday immediately after the spring general election. A conflict exists where the spring run-off election can not be the Tuesday and Wednesday after the spring general election. All ballots cast for any person other than the authorized candidates in the run-off election shall be disqualified.
Section 5. Election conflicts.—If any hour of any day of a general or run-off election conflicts with a religious or school holiday or if any other conflict exists, the student senate shall, by resolution, designate different days for the affected election or elections.
Section 6. Validation of election results.—The student senate shall validate general and run-off elections no later than 10 school days after the last day of the final election in an election cycle.
Section 7. Time of assuming office.—
(a) Campus wide officers elected in the spring general election in races requiring a majority vote shall assume office at 8:00 p.m. on May 1 and shall serve one year.
(b) Student senators shall assume office at the first meeting following validation by the student senate.