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Voter Turnout Trend: Gradual increase
Voter Turnout % Range: 1-5%
Voter Turnout % Actual: 4%

Elections Fall Month: October
Elections Spring Month: April
Number of Election Days: 2
Days Elections Held: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Times Polls Are Open: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Number of Polling Places: One (1)
Locations of Polling Places: Campus Center
Who Runs Elections: Elections Board

Description of SG Elections:
For the first time in the history of the Bakersfield College Student Government Association (SGA), the annual elections of the board of directors is being planned and carried out though a partnership with Kern County Elections. In years past, the Bakersfield College SGA has conducted elections via paper ballot and online voting, but organizers of this year’s election sought the partnership following an enlightening presentation at a December conference.
 
“SGA decided to work with Kern County Elections after attending a workshop at an American Student Government Association in December 2008,” said Justin Salters, vice president of the SGA. “It was suggested as a method to increase voter turnout and make elections on-campus more like general elections students [hopefully] participate in off-campus.”
 
Kern County Elections has poll workers volunteering to manage the elections, which are taking place in the Campus Center at Bakersfield College on April 29 and 30. Students’ identities will be verified from among a list of registered students before they receive a paper ballot and proceed to one of a handful of private voting stands.
 
“As SGA Vice President and Chair of the SGA Elections Committee, I am thrilled to have poll workers from Kern County Elections facilitating our elections process,” added Salters. “We are working to create a fair and balanced election process, and bringing in poll workers from outside of the College community goes a great way towards making this happen.”

Online Voting Offered: No
Online Voting Description:

 


Candidate System: Individual
Candidate Recruiting Description:
While all candidates are individually elected, they can choose to run on a slate. There are no political parties dedicated to election of student government officers, though there are Republican and Democratic clubs on campus. Some candidates are recruited from among the pool of senators that have served the previous school year, but students who have no previous student government experience have also run (and won).

Groups Controlling SG Elections: Political Group, Special Interest Group, Ethnic Group, Other
Campaign Spending Limit Range: Less than $250
Campaign Spending Limit Actual: $75

Term Length: One school year
Term Period: June 1 - May 31
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