Election Code

Austin Community College Student Government Association

Election Code

2022

Table of Contents

I. Election Commissioner’s Letter.

II. Election Code.

  • Article 1: Election Authority.
  • Article 2: Office of the Election Commissioner.
  • Article 3: Duties of the Election Commissioner.
  • Article 4: Campaign Regulation
  • Article 5: Candidate Requirements

III. Election Timeline.

IV.  SGA Open Positions.

I. Election Commissioner’s Letter.

Dear Prospective Candidate,

My name is Isaiah Smith, 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 SGA position. The Student Government Association is an important instrument at Austin Community College, serving as an association of governance, student advocacy, and integrity. Each position in the Student Government Association is a vital component to the function of the College, ACC campuses, student organizations, and all around student life at ACC.

ACC’s Student Government Association is looking for candidates who are driven, committed, and have a desire to work for the student body, and most importantly, who are eager to lead and represent the ACC community.

As part of ACC’s Student Government Association 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.
  • 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, as 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.

II. Election Code

Article 1: Election Authority

1(a) The Election Commission is the final authority on the Election process and shall

oversee all election disputes.

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

1(c) The Election Code shall establish the methods and logistics of an election and the rules governing the election campaigns, which is to be established by the Election Commission no later than two weeks before the first day of the fall elections.

1(d) The date of the elections shall be determined prior to the proposed election date(s) upon the recommendation of the Student Government advisor and approved by the Election Commission.

1(e) Elections shall be held annually.

1(f) Each student shall have one vote for each officer position on the election ballot. In cases where there are two campus senator positions, a student shall have one vote for each seat.

1(g) Election Commissioner, Isaiah Smith is accompanied in the Election Commission with Roderick Wilson, Emily Beeler, and Anzhelika Ruzanova.

Article 2: Office of the Election Commissioner

2(a) The SGA President shall appoint an Election Commissioner. The Election Commissioner shall hold the 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.

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 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(c) To review and examine any irregularities or any alleged violation of the Election Code.

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

3(e) To chair and conduct a debate between the candidates for President and Vice-President to be held on ACC facilities or virtually. 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.

3(d) The Election Commissioner works with the other members of the Election Commission.

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

3(f) The Election Commission 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.

3(g) The Election Commission shall perform other appropriate tasks related to the elections as assigned by the Commissioner.

Article 4: Campaign Regulations

4(a) All applicants should be knowledgeable of the SGA Constitution.

4(b) All applicants should be knowledgeable of the 2021 Election Code

4(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.

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

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

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

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

4(h) Candidates are responsible for their own campaigns. The campaign spending limit per candidate is $500 for campus posts and $1000 for college-wide posts

including every source of money and/or donation.

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

4(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.

4(k) The Election Commission shall establish appropriate rules for the qualifications and election of Constituent Senators at the same time Campus Senators are elected.

Article 5: Candidate Requirements

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

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

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

5(e) To be eligible to run for the offices of President/Vice President, the candidates shall have been present as an SGA officer for at least three meetings during the previous academic year prior to the election. SGA President / Vice President must run as a combined slate.

5(f) To be eligible to run for an Executive Board position, all candidates must have attended at least three SGA General Assembly Meetings.

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

 III. Election Timeline

April 1, 2022 -April 13, 2022

April 13, 2022 – April 25, 2022

Campaigning Period

April 15, 2022 – April 25, 2022

Online voting

Winners announced April 27, 2022.

IV.  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 Campus Senators (2)

Northridge Campus Senators (2)

Pinnacle/ San Gabriel Campus Senators (2)

Rio Grande Campus Senators (2)

Riverside Campus Senators (2)

Round Rock Campus Senators (2)

South Campus Senators (2)

Constituency Senators

 Senator of Accessibility Students (2)

Distance Learning Students (2)

International Students (2)

Hispanic (2)

African-American (2)

Asian American (2)

LGBTQIA (2)

Veteran Students (2)

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