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Elections Fall Month: September
Elections Spring Month: April
Number of Election Days: 1
Days Elections Held: Wednesday
Times Polls Are Open: 12:01a.m. to 11:59p.m.
Number of Polling Places: One (1)
Locations of Polling Places: Online at WebCenter
Who Runs Elections: Elections Board

Description of SG Elections:
Article VI: Elections

Any member of the TCU in good standing with the university may be a candidate for membership of the TCU Senate (Senators or Representatives), TCUJ, ECOM, or CSL unless prohibited by this Constitution. No one may hold membership in more than one of these groups at one time.

A. General Elections
  1. General elections to the TCU Senate, TCUJ, and CSL shall take place no later than three weeks before the end of the second academic semester of each year.
  2. TCU Senate:
    1. The seven candidates from each class receiving the largest number of votes from their class shall be elected members of the TCU Senate.
  3. TCU Judiciary:
    1. The seven candidates for the TCUJ receiving the highest number of votes from the entire TCU shall constitute the TCUJ.
  4. Committee on Student Life:
    1. The number of student members on the CSL shall be determined by the Faculty. b) The candidates receiving the highest number of votes from the entire TCU shall constitute the student members of the CSL based on the number of student members.
B. Election of Officers
  1. TCU Senate:
    1. Within three academic days following the General Election of the Senate, the Chair of the Elections Commission shall call a meeting of a new Senate, which will nominate presidential candidates from among its members to participate in a campus-wide election of the TCU President.
      1. Potential presidential candidates must receive a two-thirds vote of confidence from the Senate body to be eligible to run for president.
      2. If more than one member of Senate accepts a nomination for president, at least two candidates must be put onto the presidential ballot for the campus-wide election. In the event that more than one member accepts a nomination but none or only one member receives the required vote of confidence, the two candidates receiving the most votes of confidence shall be permitted to participate in the campus-wide election.
      3. The election of the TCU President shall take place no more than ten academic days following the presidential nominations.
      4. The TCU presidential election shall use a rank voting system, wherein each member of the TCU may rank the candidates numerically in the order of their preference. Members of the TCU are not required to rank every candidate but may do so. Votes will then be tallied according to the highest preference of each voter. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the votes for the candidate who receives the least number of votes shall then be redistributed to the next choice on each ballot. This process shall be repeated until one candidate receives a majority of the votes. Should all of the ranked choices of a voter be eliminated in this process, said voter will no longer be considered a member of the voter pool.
    2. Senate In-House Elections Following the election of the President, the Senate in-house elections shall be convened and chaired by the Chair of the Elections Commission.
      1. All Standing Committee Chairs and Executive Officers except the Associate Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer shall be elected by the full Senate at this meeting.
      2. Senate in-house Elections shall use a rank voting system equivalent to that used in the TCU Presidential election.
      3. Election of Allocations Board Council Chairs shall take place following the election of the General Board, with the exception of the Chairs of two of the councils chosen by the Treasurer, which shall be saved for Freshmen Class Senators, and whose elections shall take place in the first academic semester following the election of the Freshmen Class Senators.
      4. The Assistant Treasurer shall be elected from within the Allocations Board and shall be an underclass Senator, with preference given to freshmen.
  2. TCUJ:
    1. Following the General elections of the TCUJ, the TCUJ in-house elections shall be held.
    2. All judiciary officers shall be elected at this meeting.
    3. TCUJ in-house elections shall use a rank voting system equivalent to that used in the TCU Presidential election.
  3. Elections Commission:
    1. Following the appointment of all its members, the ECOM shall meet to elect choose a Chair and Treasurer.The Tufts student body approved a new constitution for the Tufts Community Union in 2003. IRV was included in the new version both for the presidential election, Senate in-house elections and TCUJ in-house elections.

TCU Constitution, Revised 2013


Online Voting Offered: Yes
Online Voting System Used: Developed the system through the school's IT/MIS department
Online Voting Description:
https://webcenter.studentservices.tufts.edu

How to Vote

  1. Go to "Candidate's Page" in the menu and read up on the candidates.
  2. Sign into WebCenter.
  3. Select "Election Online" from the drop down menu.
  4. Choose your ballot and VOTE!

Candidate System: Individual
Candidate Recruiting Description:
Any member of the TCU in good standing with the university may be a candidate for membership of the TCU Senate (Senators or Representatives), TCUJ, ECOM, or CSL unless prohibited by this Constitution. No one may hold membership in more than one of these groups at one time.

TCU Constitution, Revised 2013



Term Length: One Year
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