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Voter Turnout Trend: Little to no change
Voter Turnout % Range: 10-20%

Elections Fall Month: October
Elections Spring Month: April
Number of Election Days: 3
Days Elections Held: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times Polls Are Open: 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m., 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Number of Polling Places: One (1)
Locations of Polling Places: Online
Who Runs Elections: Elections Board

Description of SG Elections:
The elections commission holds the election process under the guidance of the Vice President of Judicial Affairs. Campaign lasts bout two weeks where parties are allowed to advertise under certain restrictions. After the campaighning is over, the actual election takes place over three days. At the completion of that, there is an elections party where the winners are announced.

H. Election Dates

Election dates for the Executive Board ticket and Senate shall take place in the second week in April with the exception of the Freshman Senators, Organizational Standards Board members, and the remaining Executive Branch positions. Freshman Senators will be elected by October 1.  Organizational Standards Board members and the remaining Executive Branch positions will be filled by an appointment and confirmation process by the newly elected Senators and the Executive Board “ticket.”

Only in the case of a tie shall a Runoff Election be conducted.  It will take place within seven (7) days of the initial ballot.  If there is a tie for the highest placed candidate position, only those candidates so tied shall enter into a runoff election. In all runoff elections, a plurality shall elect.  Should any runoff election result in a tie, the outgoing Senate shall, on a roll call vote, break the tie and elect by plurality.

I. Vote Tallying

The Elections Commission shall be responsible for the collection of votes.  The votes will be kept under lock and key by the Dean of Student Affairs (or designee). The Elections Commission along with the Dean of Student Affairs (or designee) will be responsible for the tallying of votes.

J. Proportion of Votes Required to Elect

The Executive Board “ticket” shall be elected by a plurality vote; the “ticket” with the most votes wins.

Online Voting Offered: Yes
Online Voting System Used: Developed the system through the school's IT/MIS department

Candidate System: Political Parties
Candidate Recruiting Description:

SGA holds numerous election barbecues to inform students about SGA and how to run for SGA. If students are interested, they are encouraged to fill out a candidancy packet.

Any student who is running for a position, whether it is elected or appointed, must attend an informational meeting to be eligible for a position. The meetings will be held on March 16 at noon in Room 104 of the Student Affairs building, March 17 at 5 p.m. in Rosenthal Room 200 and March 18 at noon in Rosenthal Room 200. 

E. Candidate Requirements:

  1. In filing candidacy, every candidate shall affirm in writing, an understanding of the responsibilities of the office sought, applicable portion of the Election Code, and the importance of abiding by all election rules.  No candidate may run for more than one position.  Furthermore, candidates for the Executive Branch must run on a “ticket” comprised of a Presidential candidate and two Vice Presidential running mates.
  2. Each candidate for a student government position must identify himself/herself with a political party. The members of “ticket” must be of the same party.
  3. Every candidate must maintain a minimum of a 2.3 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for a Senator position or Executive Board position.
  4. Every candidate must not be on academic, disciplinary, or any other form of official University probation.
  5. Every candidate must be an activity-fee paying Undergraduate student.
  6. Every candidate must meet with the Dean of Student Affairs (or his/her appointed designee) prior to announcing candidacy.
  7. Every candidate must fulfill the requirements necessary for the selected position.
  8. The Dean of Student Affairs (or designee) shall be responsible for verifying the qualifications of all students submitting declaration of candidacy forms.  The Dean of Student Affairs  (or designee) shall immediately inform any student whose declaration of candidacy is rejected

Groups Controlling SG Elections: Greeks
Campaign Spending Limit Range: Less than $250
Campaign Spending Limit Actual: None, and we reimburse each candidate $50

Term Length: 12 months (One Year)
Term Period: April to April
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