Election Code

Austin Community College

Student Government Association

 

Election Commission

Election Code

2017–2018

Table of Contents

  1. Election Commissioner’s Letter.
  2. Members of the 2018 Election Commission.
  • Election Code.
    • Article 1: Election Authority.
    • Article 2: Office of the Election Commissioner.
    • Article 3: Duties of the Election Commissioner.
    • Article 4: Duties of the Election Commission.
    • Article 5: Campaign Regulation
    • Article 6: Candidate Requirements
  1. Election Timeline.
  2. SGA Open Positions.
  3. Election Commissioner’s Letter.

Dear Prospective Candidate,

My name is Nicodemus Robles. I am the Election Commissioner for the Austin Community College Student Government Association (SGA).  On behalf of the student body,  I want to congratulate you on your decision to run for a position on the SGA.  The Student Government Association is an important instrument at

Austin Community College.  The SGA is an association of governance, student advocacy and integrity.  Each position on the Student Government Association is a vital component to the function of the College, all

student organizations, campuses and all around student life at ACC.

The SGA is looking for candidates who are  driven, committed, and who have a desire to work for the student body, and most importantly, SGA is searching for students eager to lead and represent the ACC community.

As part of the SGA you will:

  • Represent the interests of the student body during your term.
  • Partner with the ACC administration to advocate on behalf of the student body.
  • Develop your leadership and professional skills.
  • Uphold the Student Government Association constitution and bylaws.
  • Initiate legislation to address student related issues and affairs.
  • Become familiar with, understand, and utilize parliamentary procedures.
  • Maintain required GPA and credit hours

Serving in such a vital leadership position will offer you great rewards.  In SGA you will gain invaluable leadership skills, networking opportunities, and knowledge outside of your major that will open doors to you as you embark on your career.

Thank you again for your interest in representing your fellow peers at the Austin Community College district and for taking the initiative to serve as an elected officer of the Student Government Association.

Election Commissioner,

Student Government Association

  1. Membership – Election Commission 2018
    • Election Commissioner – Nicodemus Robles
    • Vice Commissioner – Leslie Venglar
    • Committee Member – Cristopher Paico-Juarez
    • Committee Member – Marisol Menendez
  • Election Code

Article 1:  Election Authority

1(a) The membership of the Election Commission shall comprise of a Commissioner and no fewer than three or as many other members from the student body as found to be necessary.

1(b) The Election Commission is the final authority on the Election process and shall    oversee all election disputes.

1(c) The Election Commission shall abide by the most recent edition of the SGA Election Code.

1(d) The Election Commission quorum shall be a minimum of 3 voting members.

1(e) The Election Code shall  establish the rules governing the election campaigns, which is to be established by the Election Commission.

1(f) The Election Code shall  establish the methods and logistics of an election, which is to be established by the Election Commission.

1(g) The date of the spring elections shall be determined prior to the proposed election date(s) upon the recommendation of the Student Government Sponsor and approved by a majority vote of the Election Commission members.

1(h) Elections shall be held annually during the spring semester.

1(i) Each student shall have  one vote for each officer position on the election ballot with the exception of the offices of President and Vice President which run on the same ticket.  In cases where there are two campus senator positions, a student shall have one vote for each seat.

Article 2:  Office of the Election Commissioner

2(a) The SGA President shall appoint an Election Commissioner with the approval of a majority of the Senate present and voting.  The Election Commissioner shall hold his office    for the entire fall or spring semesters, or until the Election process is over; provided that the Election Commissioner may be removed from office by the SGA President for cause if approved by 2/3 of the senators voting and present.

2(b) The Election Commissioner shall be the chief Election officer.

2(c) The Election Commissioner shall have access to adequate funds to promote the election if needed.

Article 3:  Duties of the Election Commissioner

3(a) The Election Commissioner shall have the overall supervision and administration of the election and shall perform such duties as prescribed by the SGA Constitution and Bylaws, which shall include, but are not limited to the following:

3(b) To approve all members of the Election Commission with the approval of a majority of the Senate present and voting.

3(c) To bring to a vote important decisions as deemed necessary to the Election Commission, or when requested by consensus of the Election Commission.  Approval of the motion must be by a 2/3 vote.

3(d) To require expense reports from candidates during the Election process, and to determine if an election code violation has occurred (i.e. handouts, posters, flyers ,etc) 3(e) To review and examine any irregularities or any alleged violation of the Election Code.

3(f) To receive all application registration from candidates and verify eligibility.

3(g) To chair and conduct a debate between the candidates for President and Vice-President to be held on ACC facilities. Further to require all Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to prepare a one page statement of their goals and objectives if elected which the Commission will cause to be electronically distributed to students throughout the college.

Article 4.  Duties of the Election Commission

4(a) The Election Commission shall serve as a clearinghouse and resource of information and review of procedures with respect to the administration of the elections.

4(b) Shall have the authority to vote upon consensus, before making an important decision and/or before making a significant change to the Election Code approval of the motion must be by a 2/3 vote.

4(c) Shall promote and inform the student body about the SGA elections.

4(d) Shall perform other tasks assigned by the Commissioner.

Article 5:  Campaign Regulations

 5(a) All applicants should be knowledgeable of the SGA Constitution and Roberts Rules of Order.

5(b) All applicants should be knowledgeable of the 2018 Election Code

5(c) The Election Commission with the assistance of their Advisor must verify the GPA of each candidate in order for them to be approved as a candidate.  The candidate’s GPA must be 2.5 or above to qualify.

5(d) Only approved applicants by the Election Commission are considered candidates to run for any SGA office during the election.

5(e) Dishonest acts such as but not limited to: Election Code violations, untruthful claims, slander, libel, unprofessional aggression, are sufficient for disqualification of an applicant at the Election Commissioner’s discretion.

5(f)  All campaigns will be run in an ethical manner with mutual respect shown towards other candidates, ACC student body, ACC faculty, ACC staff, and members of the public at all

times.

5(g) Candidates are responsible for notifying of any Election Code violations to the Election     Commission and/or the SGA Sponsor or Coordinator.

5(h) Candidates are responsible for their own campaigns.  The campaign spending limit per       candidate is $500 including every source of money and/or donation for campus posts and $1000 for college wide posts

5(i) All candidates must present the campaign’s financial disclosure statements at the end of the electoral process.

5(j) No printed or any other type of material shall be permitted that is; profane, slanderous, libelous, misleading, salacious or dishonest.  Further, material may not be degrading       to an opponent ACC student body, ACC faculty, ACC staff, or members of the public. All campaign material shall be submitted to the Election Commission for approval under this          standard and the Commission shall have 48 hours from submission to reject or approve all material.

Article 6:  Candidate Requirements

6(a) Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.  Students who are in their first semester are exempt.

6(b) Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours.

6(c) Candidates must not be on either academic or disciplinary probation.

6(d) Candidates for Executive Offices must attend one Student Government Association meeting during the semester in which they wish to run for office.

6(e) To ensure governability and continuity, the offices of President and Vice President shall run together as a team.

6(f) To be eligible to run for the offices of President/Vice President, the candidates Shall have been SGA officers for the spring semester prior to the election.

6(g) All candidates are required to fill out the SGA Election Candidate Application Form completely.

  1. Election Timeline

April 17th

  • Election Code is posted online, available at SGA office

April 1st through April 25th at noon filing period

  • The Election Commission reviews candidate applications o Applicants will receive an official response within 48 hours after filing for office that requirements have been meet via ACC email. The Election Commission’s Secretary is responsible for sending all correspondence to the applicants.

April 25th at 5pm Deadline to submit campaign posters, to the Election Commission for approval

  • Submissions are only accepted at gov.acc@gmail.com
  1. The Election Commission will approve or reject within 48 hours after the submission. April 17th through May 5th Campaigning period

April 30th through April 5th Online voting

May 7th  Election results announced

  1. SGA Open Positions.

Executive Board

President and Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Director of Communications

Parliamentarian Historian

Campus Senators

Cypress Creek Campus Senators (2)

Eastview Campus Senators (2)

Elgin Campus Senators (2)

Hays Campus Senators (2)

Highland Mall (2)

Northridge Campus Senators (2) Pinnacle Campus Senators (2)

Rio Grande Campus Senators (2)

Riverside Campus Senators (2)

Round Rock Campus Senators (2) South Campus Senators (2)

Constituency   Senators

Accessibility Services Students (2)

Distance Learning Students (2)

Veteran Students (2)

International Students (2)

Hispanic (2)

African-American (2)

Asian American (2)

LGBTQ (2)

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