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Election Process

 

Prospective Student Government Association Executives and Board Officers

Elections for the Student Government Association Executive Board occur every spring semester.

The President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Student Government Association are voted on by the entire student body. (Other Executive Board Positions: Secretary, Chief of Staff, Parliamentarian, Student Issues Chair, Special Projects Chair, University Affairs Chair  and Diversity and Inclusion Chair are appointed by the President).

1.) Steps to file for 2020-2021 President, Vice President, or Treasurer Positions:

  1. Complete and submit the statement of candidacy form at the bottom of this page between Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, March 11 at 5:00pm.
  2. Within three days of filing the above material, the Elections Committee shall determine eligibility of candidate and officially verify or not verify candidate's ability to run for office. Candidates will be notified by email.
  3. If verified, candidates may prepare and execute campaign for office one month prior to election days; closely following eligibility qualifications and campaign regulations set forth by the Elections Committee. (For more information reference bylaw 405.01).
  4. Partake in scheduled, mediated debate between candidates should there be multiple candidates running for the same office.
  5. Be mindful that general election voting occurs online via SELink on April 1st and 2nd.
  6. If elected meet with predecessor to be transitioned into new role by Monday, May 4th.
  7. Attend end of the year Student Government Association banquet to be sworn into new position on Monday, May 4th.
  8. Await first senate meeting of the next semester for pending approval of 2/3rds of student senate.

Prospective Student Government Association Senators

The Student Government Association Senators are voted on by their constituents in their respective college. Should there be an open position on the student senate a special election occurs.

2.) Steps to file for 2020-2021 General Election Senator Position:

  1. Complete and submit the statement of candidacy form at the bottom of this page before Monday, March 23rd  at 5:00pm.
  2. Within three days of filing the above material, the Elections Committee shall determine eligibility of candidate and officially verify or not verify candidate's ability to run for office. Candidates will be notified by email.
  3. If verified, Candidates may prepare and execute campaign for office one month prior to election days; closely following eligibility qualifications and campaign regulations set forth by the Elections Committee. (For more information reference bylaw 405.01).
  4. Be mindful that general election voting occurs online via SELink on April 1st and 2nd.
  5. If elected meet with predecessor to be transitioned into new role by Monday, May 4th.
  6. Attend end of the year Student Government Association banquet on Monday, May 4th to be sworn into new position.
  7. Await first senate meeting of the next semester for pending approval of 2/3rds of student senate. 

Specific information regarding the elections/selections can be found in the bylaws 405.01.

Prospective Student Government Association First-Year Senators

First-Year Senators have a specific selection process which will become available in August 2020. Below is an overview of the process. 

3.) Steps to file for Fall 2020 First-Year Senator Position:

  1. Complete and Submit SElink application in the fall (TBA). 
  2. Schedule an in-person interview with First-Year Senator selection committee online.
  3. Attend interview during selected time and date.
  4. First-Year Senator selection committee deliberates results after conclusion of all interviews.
  5. Await phone call or email from Vice President regarding status of selection.
  6. If selected, candidate names will be recommended to the Student Senate for confirmation by majority vote.
  7. If confirmed by Student Senate, First Year Senators begin serving at the first senate meeting of the senate in September. 

Specific information regarding the elections/selections can be found in the bylaws 405.02.


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President
sgpresident@semo.edu
Vice President
sgvicepresident@semo.edu
Treasurer
sgtreasurer@semo.edu

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