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  1. Are faculty and staff eligible to vote in Student Government elections?
    Summary: Are faculty and staff eligible to vote in Student Government elections?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  2. Are there any good online voting companies for our SG elections?
    Summary: I was wondering if you had any suggestions for good online voting techniques or companies that other Student Governments have used in the past that are very user friendly and worked out good. Please let me know if you have any idea's that could help us with upcoming elections.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  3. Are there any SGs that elect a treasurer for a year and then that person becomes the vice president of finance or chief financial officer?
    Summary: Is there is any known information about universities who elect a treasurer for one year and then they become a Vice President of Finance, or Chief Finance Officer or something of the like?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  4. Are there basic standards that SGAs must follow for elections?
    Summary: Is there a set of basic standards that SGA's must follow for elections? The current "president" inherited the position from last year's president. Not one member of the student body has voted on the presidency. The very first meeting was on September 17 and the elections are being held on October 7. Only the members of the SGA are going to be allowed to vote and not the student body. The sponsor, who is also the golf coach, said at the first meeting that he was requiring the golf team to be there. It isn't something they undertook on their own. Since the majority of members of the SGA are on the golf team or cheer leading squadthat doesn't represent the student body as a whole. It seems to be more of a special club whos members will represent themselves and their issues but no one elses.

    Are their boilerplate rules for SGA elections or are schools allowed to conduct elections in any way they choose?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  5. Can a candidate's votes be thrown out if she/he interfers with the election monitor's duties?
    Summary: We had a student here interfering with election monitor’s duties. Can their votes be thrown out due to the actions; or is there not anything that can be done if it isn’t in the bylaws?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  6. Can the current SG president stop the court from reviewing complaints for an election in which he ran? (answer 1 of 5)
    Summary: The Student Government Association held elections for the positions of Student Body President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Internal Affairs and certain Senator seats (General, College and University seats) last Wednesday and Thursday.

    The current Student Body President ran in the election and lost. A few complaints were submitted to the General Court concerning various violations of election rules. (The General Court was approved by the General Assembly of the SGA, and one of their duties according to the SGA Constitution and By-laws is to oversee the proper functioning of the student government elections.) All but one of the complaints was resolved by the General Court.

    On the day the General Court planned to decide the final complaint relating to the declaration of the Executive Vice President winner, the current Student Body President at 5:15 p.m. submitted an executive order that prohibited the General Court from meeting later that night to discuss any matter pertaining to the elections complaints. A meeting of the Court to discuss the elections and any of its complaints became an impeachable offense according to the executive order.

    The executive order was based on a petition submitted to the Student Body President at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day calling for the impeachment of the Chief Justice and the rest of the General Court. The petition was submitted to the Student Body President by a current Senator and winner of a Senatorial seat in the election. The General Court is not allowed to make any decisions pertaining to the election until May 9, 2004, or the current Student Body President chooses to lift the executive order.

    My question for the experts is: Can the current Student Body President issue an executive order to stop the General Court from hearing and deciding on any unresolved complaints for an election in which the current President ran as a candidate? What can a member of the General Assembly do to counter the President's executive order? Can an impeachment of the Chief Justice of the General Court and/or the entire General Court result in the current President declaring the election void? In answering your questions, please site specific parliamentary procedural rules where possible. There is nothing in our current constitution or by-laws that addresses how to overturn an executive order or any rules guiding a current officers actions if he/she is also a candidate in the election. Please advise on the last statement in addition to answering the aforementioned questions. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this matter. I can be contacted if you have any questions.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  7. Can the current SG president stop the court from reviewing complaints for an election in which he ran? (answer 2 of 5)
    Summary: The Student Government Association held elections for the positions of Student Body President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Internal Affairs and certain Senator seats (General, College and University seats) last Wednesday and Thursday.

    The current Student Body President ran in the election and lost. A few complaints were submitted to the General Court concerning various violations of election rules. (The General Court was approved by the General Assembly of the SGA, and one of their duties according to the SGA Constitution and By-laws is to oversee the proper functioning of the student government elections.) All but one of the complaints was resolved by the General Court.

    On the day the General Court planned to decide the final complaint relating to the declaration of the Executive Vice President winner, the current Student Body President at 5:15 p.m. submitted an executive order that prohibited the General Court from meeting later that night to discuss any matter pertaining to the elections complaints. A meeting of the Court to discuss the elections and any of its complaints became an impeachable offense according to the executive order.

    The executive order was based on a petition submitted to the Student Body President at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day calling for the impeachment of the Chief Justice and the rest of the General Court. The petition was submitted to the Student Body President by a current Senator and winner of a Senatorial seat in the election. The General Court is not allowed to make any decisions pertaining to the election until May 9, 2004, or the current Student Body President chooses to lift the executive order.

    My question for the experts is: Can the current Student Body President issue an executive order to stop the General Court from hearing and deciding on any unresolved complaints for an election in which the current President ran as a candidate? What can a member of the General Assembly do to counter the President's executive order? Can an impeachment of the Chief Justice of the General Court and/or the entire General Court result in the current President declaring the election void? In answering your questions, please site specific parliamentary procedural rules where possible. There is nothing in our current constitution or by-laws that addresses how to overturn an executive order or any rules guiding a current officers actions if he/she is also a candidate in the election. Please advise on the last statement in addition to answering the aforementioned questions. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this matter. I can be contacted if you have any questions.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  8. Can the current SG president stop the court from reviewing complaints for an election in which he ran? (answer 3 of 5)
    Summary: The Student Government Association held elections for the positions of Student Body President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Internal Affairs and certain Senator seats (General, College and University seats) last Wednesday and Thursday.

    The current Student Body President ran in the election and lost. A few complaints were submitted to the General Court concerning various violations of election rules. (The General Court was approved by the General Assembly of the SGA, and one of their duties according to the SGA Constitution and By-laws is to oversee the proper functioning of the student government elections.) All but one of the complaints was resolved by the General Court.

    On the day the General Court planned to decide the final complaint relating to the declaration of the Executive Vice President winner, the current Student Body President at 5:15 p.m. submitted an executive order that prohibited the General Court from meeting later that night to discuss any matter pertaining to the elections complaints. A meeting of the Court to discuss the elections and any of its complaints became an impeachable offense according to the executive order.

    The executive order was based on a petition submitted to the Student Body President at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day calling for the impeachment of the Chief Justice and the rest of the General Court. The petition was submitted to the Student Body President by a current Senator and winner of a Senatorial seat in the election. The General Court is not allowed to make any decisions pertaining to the election until May 9, 2004, or the current Student Body President chooses to lift the executive order.

    My question for the experts is: Can the current Student Body President issue an executive order to stop the General Court from hearing and deciding on any unresolved complaints for an election in which the current President ran as a candidate? What can a member of the General Assembly do to counter the President's executive order? Can an impeachment of the Chief Justice of the General Court and/or the entire General Court result in the current President declaring the election void? In answering your questions, please site specific parliamentary procedural rules where possible. There is nothing in our current constitution or by-laws that addresses how to overturn an executive order or any rules guiding a current officers actions if he/she is also a candidate in the election. Please advise on the last statement in addition to answering the aforementioned questions. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this matter. I can be contacted if you have any questions.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  9. Can the current SG president stop the court from reviewing complaints for an election in which he ran? (answer 4 of 5)
    Summary: The Student Government Association held elections for the positions of Student Body President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Internal Affairs and certain Senator seats (General, College and University seats) last Wednesday and Thursday.

    The current Student Body President ran in the election and lost. A few complaints were submitted to the General Court concerning various violations of election rules. (The General Court was approved by the General Assembly of the SGA, and one of their duties according to the SGA Constitution and By-laws is to oversee the proper functioning of the student government elections.) All but one of the complaints was resolved by the General Court.

    On the day the General Court planned to decide the final complaint relating to the declaration of the Executive Vice President winner, the current Student Body President at 5:15 p.m. submitted an executive order that prohibited the General Court from meeting later that night to discuss any matter pertaining to the elections complaints. A meeting of the Court to discuss the elections and any of its complaints became an impeachable offense according to the executive order.

    The executive order was based on a petition submitted to the Student Body President at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day calling for the impeachment of the Chief Justice and the rest of the General Court. The petition was submitted to the Student Body President by a current Senator and winner of a Senatorial seat in the election. The General Court is not allowed to make any decisions pertaining to the election until May 9, 2004, or the current Student Body President chooses to lift the executive order.

    My question for the experts is: Can the current Student Body President issue an executive order to stop the General Court from hearing and deciding on any unresolved complaints for an election in which the current President ran as a candidate? What can a member of the General Assembly do to counter the President's executive order? Can an impeachment of the Chief Justice of the General Court and/or the entire General Court result in the current President declaring the election void? In answering your questions, please site specific parliamentary procedural rules where possible. There is nothing in our current constitution or by-laws that addresses how to overturn an executive order or any rules guiding a current officers actions if he/she is also a candidate in the election. Please advise on the last statement in addition to answering the aforementioned questions. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this matter. I can be contacted if you have any questions.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  10. Can the current SG president stop the court from reviewing complaints for an election in which he ran? (answer 5 of 5)
    Summary: The Student Government Association held elections for the positions of Student Body President, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Internal Affairs and certain Senator seats (General, College and University seats) last Wednesday and Thursday.

    The current Student Body President ran in the election and lost. A few complaints were submitted to the General Court concerning various violations of election rules. (The General Court was approved by the General Assembly of the SGA, and one of their duties according to the SGA Constitution and By-laws is to oversee the proper functioning of the student government elections.) All but one of the complaints was resolved by the General Court.

    On the day the General Court planned to decide the final complaint relating to the declaration of the Executive Vice President winner, the current Student Body President at 5:15 p.m. submitted an executive order that prohibited the General Court from meeting later that night to discuss any matter pertaining to the elections complaints. A meeting of the Court to discuss the elections and any of its complaints became an impeachable offense according to the executive order.

    The executive order was based on a petition submitted to the Student Body President at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day calling for the impeachment of the Chief Justice and the rest of the General Court. The petition was submitted to the Student Body President by a current Senator and winner of a Senatorial seat in the election. The General Court is not allowed to make any decisions pertaining to the election until May 9, 2004, or the current Student Body President chooses to lift the executive order.

    My question for the experts is: Can the current Student Body President issue an executive order to stop the General Court from hearing and deciding on any unresolved complaints for an election in which the current President ran as a candidate? What can a member of the General Assembly do to counter the President's executive order? Can an impeachment of the Chief Justice of the General Court and/or the entire General Court result in the current President declaring the election void? In answering your questions, please site specific parliamentary procedural rules where possible. There is nothing in our current constitution or by-laws that addresses how to overturn an executive order or any rules guiding a current officers actions if he/she is also a candidate in the election. Please advise on the last statement in addition to answering the aforementioned questions. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this matter. I can be contacted if you have any questions.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  11. Do you have any statistics about online voting helping SG elections turnout?
    Summary: I attended the ASGA conference in February (NYC). It is here that I got very interested in the process Online Elections. Another member of the SGA at my school and I are working very hard to try to implement online voting at our school next year. We have already worked the the tech. department here, and they have designed a program which we will be testing at the end of this week. Right now we are in the process of writing legislation in order to make sure online voting happens next semester. We really want to increase our voter turnout, and make SGA a more credible organization.  I was hoping that you could help us by providing some statistics, and any other ideas that you might have, to help us in our efforts. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  12. Does an uncontested candidate for student body president still have to get a simple majority of the votes?
    Summary: We just wrapped up an uncontested presidential election for SGA. There were write-ins for the election. When the votes were pulled the total numbers read that the write-ins received more than the balloted ticket. However, when I began reviewing the write-ins many were not complete with names for a Pres and VP. So those votes were pulled as null and void Now the current president is calling for an inquiry based upon the total numbers saying that the ticketed ballot did not win based upon the Constitution, which says "simple majority."
    Category: Ask the Experts


  13. Does one election system work better than others in including all students?
    Summary: On the ASGA website it says that the three types of elections are individual, ticket and political party. Do you think one of these systems works better in including all students, especially minority, and why?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  14. How can we break a tie in our SG election?
    Summary: My question involves ties. How should I instruct our Bylaws and Elections Committee in breaking the ties. We have a 4-way-tie of write in candidates for our College of Arts and Sciences Rep and at least 20 write-in candidates with one vote each for Senator at large. Should we do a run-off election?

    The only guide I have is in the election packet which states: “In the event of a tie, the election of a representative will be decided by the Student Senate Bylaws and Election Committee in conjunction with the Office of the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership.” Not much to go on.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  15. How do first-year students vote in freshman SG elections if they have credits that technically make them sophomores?
    Summary: At our school, freshmen with credits already are put into our computer system based on their credits not their excepted graduation year. Therefore these freshmen cannot vote with their class because the system says they aren't freshmen even though they are excepted to graduate with their incoming class. This problem starts with incoming freshmen and continues on as the student moves up in years. So basically the problem is students coming to school with more credits cannot vote for their excepted graduation year because the system has them a year higher even though they aren't, and going to be graduating with their incoming class.

    Trying to word this problem was difficult for me so if you didn't understand or have more questions please let me know and I can hopefully clarify the problem. Thanks for your time and I am looking forward to here back!

    Category: Ask the Experts


  16. How do we improve voter turnout?
    Summary: How do we improve voter turnout in our campus elections?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  17. How often do most student governments hold elections?
    Summary: How often do most student governments hold elections?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  18. If a winning candidate is disqualified because of GPA, does the runner-up get the seat?
    Summary: We had our elections last week and I will be posting them today online. However, one of the students who ran and won a seat is not eligible due to GPA. Question 1: How should this be posted? I usually put their name with an asterisk and how many votes they got. Question 2: Does the seat go to the runner up?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  19. If one of the two remaining candidates does not want a run-off and drops out of the race, can the remaining candidate be named the winner?
    Summary: If one of the two remaining candidates does not want a run-off and drops out of the race, can the remaining candidate be named the winner?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  20. Is electronic voting a violation of Robert's Rules of Order?
    Summary: Is electronic voting a violation of Robert's Rules of Order?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  21. Is it necessary to include the percentage of votes, or number of votes cast for a candidate?
    Summary: A student has requested the number of students voting in last year’s student government elections and states this is public information. In the past, the SGA executive board sees the final tallies and just announces the winner. Is it necessary to include the percentage of votes, or number of votes cast for a candidate? The SGA constitution & bylaws only state that students vote by secret ballot.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  22. Is there a statistic in regards to the number of Student Government Associations across the nation that allow for the existence of student political parties versus those that do not?
    Summary: Our elections are partisan, meaning we allow for the existence of student political parties. There has been some conversation recently about removing the use of political parties in our elections in an effort to increase the number of students interested in running for our executive positions. Instead, up to two candidates would be allowed to run and/or campaign together, but would not be allowed to form a party. For example, a candidate for President could run and/or campaign with a candidate for Executive Vice President, but they would not be able to form a political party. Furthermore, students would not be bound to vote for both candidates. My question is, is there a statistic (or other form of data) in regards to the number of Student Government Associations across the nation that allow for the existence of student political parties versus those that do not?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  23. Is there a trend nationwide on the lack of participation in Student Government?
    Summary: I am writing an article for a journalism class regarding the lack of interest in running for/being part of the Student Government Association on campus. Due to the fact that they could not fill an open spot on the senior cabinet in our spring elections, they had another election a few weeks ago and still could not fill one spot. This has been occurring for the past several years and I was wondering if this lack of interest in participating in Student Government is a trend nationally. If you have any statistics regarding this, please let me know. Thank you!

    Category: Ask the Experts


  24. Our SGA elections are online, however, there is only one person running for each position. How is this handled for an “online election?”
    Summary: Our SGA elections are online, however, there is only one person running for each position. How is this handled for an “online election?”

    Category: Ask the Experts


  25. Should faculty/staff who are taking a class be allowed to vote in SG elections?
    Summary: Should faculty/staff who are taking a class be allowed to vote in SG elections?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  26. Should online voting be implemented at a large college or university?
    Summary: I remember speaking to you about Online Voting and why it shouldn't be implemented on our campus of approximately 29,000. A vocal advocate has spoken up recently, stating that online voting should be implemented here on campus. Of course, the administration has an interest in a potentially fraudulent system, as a large chunk of their budget is at stake. I was wondering if you could forward some of your arguments to me, to help us out as we battle the rhetoric that is sure to come forward. I'd really appreciate it if you could.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  27. Should our SG have debates for the upcoming elections, even if some races aren't contested?
    Summary: My student Government is beginning elections. We want to hold debates to get the student body involved. What format should be used for a debate with various senate positions, but many of the positions are being run uncontested. How can we make the debate interesting and what questions should be used?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  28. Should our SGA move to April e-board elections?
    Summary: My SGA Exec Board has asked me to assist them in a research project. They are considering moving the Senate elections (which currently take place in the 4th week of the fall) to the spring to consider with the Exec Board elections that take place during the first week of April. Can you help me find other small colleges that have senate representative elections in the spring that consider with Exec Board elections. They feel that this shift would allow the Student Senate and the SGA as a whole to be more effective. Do you have any insights and suggestions and can you direct me to institutions that have an election pattern like this.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  29. Should SG pursue online voting?
    Summary: Right now a hot topic among the University of Florida Student Government senate is whether or not to use online voting in our SG elections. I'm sure you might have heard something about it already since you are close with the university. Being an SG leader I was wondering what your thoughts on the issue are.

    Right now our biggest concern is the security surrounding online voting. We all know that certain organizations vote certain ways, but our biggest concern is that leaders of these organizations will be able to get their members Gatorlink name and password and be able to vote multiple times themselves under other people's names. Since students already don't wish to vote (11,000 out of 48,000 this past spring) this would give the leaders of these organizations a greater chance to see their candidate in office. Right now it still takes every person to do it themself.

    If you can send me any information on this issue, both positive and negative I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much for your time.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  30. Should we honor an application to run for senate if the person's GPA is lower than our constitution stipulates?
    Summary: We just received an application for a student to become a SGA Senator. The applicant has an over all GPA of 2.65. Last winter we passed in our Senate Meeting that all Senators must have an over all 3.0 to be on the Senate. It also states under the qualifications on the application a 3.0 is required. We changed it to our copy of the constitution but, we did NOT change our web based version of the constitution on our school's website. So do we honor the version online that states 2.5 GPA to become a Senator or do we uphold the 3.0?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  31. Should we publish the results of the SG elections for the entire campus to view?
    Summary: Our univeristy is looking into whether or not to publish the results of Student Senate elections for the entire campus to view. There has been much debate about the issue and we believe the next best step to take is to research what other higher education institutions are doing. Are there any trends or advide that you can provide?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  32. What are best-practices in the case of a tie in our SG elections?
    Summary: We are currently working on a re-write of our student government constitution.  In regards to elections, we wonder if you have any knowledge of best practices around what to do in the case of a tie?  After much brainstorming we have not come up with anything that feels like a good option. 
    Category: Ask the Experts


  33. What constitutes an official "poll" for SG elections when you have on-line voting?
    Summary: Our student association is electing a President and Vice-President this week. Elections are being held in Blackboard, which is an online course-management system accessible by all students. Each student logs in to the site using their own username and password, and are able to access the ballot. Each student can vote once, and elections are open for a week. The website is able to be accessed through any computer with an internet connection.

    Because of the wide availability and numerous locations of "polling stations" - which are both anywhere on campus with a computer (library, lab, dorms), but also anybody's personal laptop, we are having difficulty with determining what constitutes a polling station and limitations on how candidates can campaign both near computers and through the internet (i.e., e-mail and social networking sites). With our old system of paper ballots and a single voting station, candidates could not verbally campaign within 50 feet of the voting booth and could not distribute campaign materials on election day. Do you know of any schools who have set a precedent for this? I looked on the ASGA website at South Florida's election guidelines, but I couldn't find specific rules regarding campaigning during voting times.

    We are meeting later this afternoon with the Elections Board and candidates, so any help or suggestions you could provide us with would be greatly appreciated.

    Category: Ask the Experts


  34. What is the average voter turnout for referendums run by SGAs?
    Summary: I was wondering if you had any data that might suggest the average voter turnout for referendums run by SGAs? I'm able to find voter turnout for elections, but not necessarily referendums.
    Category: Ask the Experts


  35. What is the precedent for contesting an election after senators have been sworn in?
    Summary: We have a student contesting our recent election. I am planning to have the students take the case to the Judicial Board of SGA, but I am wondering what precedence is out there, where an election is being contested and new senators have already been sworn in. do most election codes have a set period of time to contest? Anything we can do now that new senators have been sworn in?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  36. What political system works best to include all students?
    Summary: Our Student Senate still uses a coalition, or slate, system that students of color have argued had disadvantaged them in past campus elections. In 2014 the coalition system was challenged and efforts were undertaken to end it, however Student Senate voted against it. Do other public Universities, that you know of, use a slate system as well? What other system have you seen different universities use that may work better to include all students?
    Category: Ask the Experts


  37. When tabulating votes, are those that are write ins and unchecked valid?
    Summary: When tabulating votes, are those that are write ins and unchecked valid?

    Category: Ask the Experts


  38. Where can I find a presidential voter guide?
    Summary: I am in search of a simple 2004 presidential voter guide (Bush and Kerry) to pass out on campus when we register folks to vote. I am looking for a simple, hopefully one-pager. HELP!

    Category: Ask the Experts


  39. Who is eligible to vote in Student Government elections?
    Summary: Who is eligible to vote in Student Government elections?
    Category: Ask the Experts


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