Academic Catalog

Article VI: Elections

Sec. 6.1 ANNUAL SPRING GENERAL ELECTIONS. General elections shall be held on the Wednesday and Thursday of the week three weeks prior to the start of the University’s spring break as reflected by the official University academic calendar.

Sec. 6.2 VOTE ELIGIBILITY BY THE STUDENT BODY IN GENERAL ELECTIONS. Each student may rank all candidates running for President and Vice President, all candidates running for their respective college or school in the Assembly, and all candidates running for University-wide representative.

Sec. 6.3 ANNUAL FALL FIRST-YEAR ELECTIONS. Elections for the two (2) representatives from the incoming class of first-year students shall be held on one (1) weekday during the third full week of September.

Sec. 6.4 FILING FOR FIRST-YEAR ELECTIONS. Filing shall begin the day before the first full day of classes of the fall semester and last for three (3) full weeks.

Sec. 6.5 CAMPAIGNING FOR FIRST-YEAR ELECTIONS. Campaigning shall begin the day after the filing deadline and last for one (1) full week. All campaign regulations shall be determined by the election code of the Student Government.

Sec. 6.6 FIRST-YEAR ELECTION OVERSIGHT. The Supreme Court shall oversee the elections of the First-year representatives.

Sec. 6.7 CALLING SPECIAL ELECTIONS. The President or the Assembly by a three fourths (3/4) vote shall have the power to call special elections.

Sec. 6.8 VOTE ELIGIBILITY BY THE STUDENT BODY IN FIRST-YEAR ELECTIONS. First-year students may rank all of the First-year Representative candidates from the incoming class of undergraduate and graduate first-year students.

Sec. 6.9 CERTIFYING RESULTS OF SINGLE-WINNER ELECTIONS. In calculating the votes of any single-winner race, an instant runoff voting system will be used as enumerated in the Campus-Wide Election Code. The candidate(s) who receives a majority of votes shall be certified in the respective position.

Sec. 6.10 CERTIFYING RESULTS OF MULTIPLE-WINNER ELECTIONS. In calculating the votes of any multiple-winner race, a single transferable voting system will be used as enumerated in the Campus-Wide Election Code. The candidates who meet or surpass a Droop quota shall be certified in the respective positions. If, at any point in the count, the number of continuing candidates equals the number of remaining unfilled positions, the continuing candidates shall be certified in the respective positions.

Sec. 6.16 NO MINIMUM NUMBER OF VOTES. There shall be no constitutional provision requiring a minimum number of voters participating in any general or special election in order to validate that election.