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Voter Turnout Trend: Gradual increase
Voter Turnout % Range: 10-20%
Voter Turnout % Actual: 13.61% (2,077 Voters in Spring 2013); 12.64% (1,929 Voters in Spring 2012); 5.67% (865 Voters in Spring 2011); 9.85% (1,379 Voters of 14,000 in Spring 2006)

Elections Fall Month: September
Elections Spring Month: April
Number of Election Days: 1
Days Elections Held: Wednesday
Times Polls Are Open: Twelve (12) hours- 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Number of Polling Places: Six (6)
Locations of Polling Places: Online, Student Government Office, Gamble, Aerospace Link, and Wilkerson Dining Center
Who Runs Elections: Elections Board

Description of SG Elections:


A campus-wide election will be held each spring semester at the time to be specified in the bylaws to elect the Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, University Senators, and all student Senators.

  1. Election of the Student Body President and Student Body Vice President shall be campus wide and on the same ballot. Signature of 250 students shall be required to place the candidates name on the ballot.
  2. Election of University Senators shall be campus wide. Signatures of 50 students shall be required to place a candidates name on the ballot.
  3. Election of Student Senators shall be done according to residential district and by academic division. Signatures od 25 students from the residential district or academic division the candidate wishes to represent shall be required to place a candidate's name on the ballot.
  4. The Student Senate Elections Committee shall conduct the election and shall be responsible for validating all nominating petitions and verifying the eligibility of all candidates.

Online Voting Offered: Yes
Online Voting System Used: Developed the system through the school's IT/MIS department
Online Voting Description:
Online Ballot Voting Policies
3.1 An online voting website shall be set up for the elections. Only the provider shall have total administrative access to the program for the duration of the election day.
3.2 The Chair shall e-mail a list of the candidates to the provider one (1) academic week after Election Packets are due.
3.3 The candidate names shall randomly rotate in a manner in which each candidate has his/her name change position in the list.
3.4 Voting procedures shall be posted on the website instructing students how to vote. Students shall be required to enter their IDM information (ex. first name. last name and password).
3.5 Procedures for online voting failure shall include, but are not limited to:
3.5.1 Failures may include, but are not limited to, a campus-wide loss of Internet connection, website malfunction, and/or problems as defined by the Committee.
3.5.2 The Committee shall decide if further actions are necessary. Further actions may include, but are not limited to, a revote by a paper or online ballot at a time determined by the Committee.

Candidate System: Tickets
Candidate Recruiting Description:
Election of the Student Body President and Student Body Vice President shall be campus-wide and on the same ballot. Signatures of two hundred fifty (250) students shall be required to place the candidates name on the ballot.

Campaign Spending Limit Range: $1,000-5,000
Campaign Spending Limit Actual: $2,500

Term Length: One Year
Term Period: April 1 to March 31
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