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Student Union holds first round of elections for new year

The Student Union will be holding its first round of elections for the Spring 2022 semester, according to an email sent by Student Union Secretary Michael Pollard ’22 to the student body on Jan. 15. 

The positions open include two Senate seats: one seat for North Quad Senator and another Seat for Mid-Year Senator. Applicants for these positions must be within the demographic of the seat, according to the email. Only students living in North Quad may run for the position of North Quad Senator and only midyears may run for Mid-Year Senator. 

There are two open positions for the Allocations Board. The Allocations Board Seat is for a three-semester term. These two seats are open to the entire student body. 

There is one Representative position available for the CEEF Representative. 

A virtual information session regarding student union responsibilities for potential candidates was held on Monday, Jan. 24 at 9:00 p.m. via Zoom, according to the email.

Candidates’ intents to run were due on Jan. 25 at 11:59 p.m., according to the email. After submitting their intent to run, candidate bios were due on Wednesday, Jan. 26. 

Students running for the positions were to contact Pollard directly with their intent to run and candidate bios. 

Candidates could begin campaigning on Thursday, Jan. 27. The elections will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3, all day with polls opening at 12:00 a.m. and closing 24 hours later. The student union created an election packet with information for candidates including a list of approved rules and policies that candidates may do while campaigning. 

The student union will be continuing a paperless campaign policy and also encouraged candidates to campaign via social media, according to the election packet

Reminders for election day rules outlined in the election packet include: no mobile voting stations, no posting a link to polls on Facebook and campaigning may continue on voting day if they abide by the rules set. 

A reminder to students: abstaining means a refusal to vote and will not affect candidates, whereas a vote of no confidence will count against candidates and lower the total vote count the candidate receives, according to the election packet.

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