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MUSC Student Government Association

Bill 14-04

Bill No. 14-04
2013/2014 MUSC SGA
Committee:  Academic Affairs

Date Submitted:  02/12/2014
Date Approved: 02/19/2014
Author:  James Atkison

A Constitutional Amendment 

Clarification of running for Executive Office

Purpose: To clarify the conditions of an Executive Officer participating in management of elections if running for any executive officer position.

Whereas: The constitution currently states that an officer running for re-election cannot participate in the management of elections. “Re-election” refers only to an officer running for the same position he/she holds.  The condition should also apply to a candidate that is running for another executive officer position as well.

Be it enacted by the Medical University of South Carolina Student Government Association assembled in regular session the following:

That the Student Government Association Constitution be altered to read as follows:

Article III - Section 3 reads:

The elections of officers shall be under the following conditions:

  • The management of the elections shall be conducted by the Executive Committee, formerly the Elections Committee (See Article V, Section 2a).
  • Elections shall be held in March and the newly elected officers are strongly encouraged to attend all executive and general SGA meetings on or after April 1. Upon May 1, the newly elected officers will assume active duties and powers.
  • All candidates for Student Body executive offices shall be self-nominated in the Office of Student Programs, and upon such nomination, the candidate will sign a form stating that they have read the entire Constitution and agree to follow current stated regulations and amendments.
  • The candidates will be given a filing period to present their candidacy form. The Executive Committee will determine the dates for this period, which will extend for a timeframe of between two to four weeks; the Executive Committee will publicize this period at least one week before the opening day. The final day of the filing period must be on a school day and will end at 5:00 p.m. In the case of no candidates filing for a particular office, the filing period for such office will be extended for one-week periods repeatedly until at least one candidate presents.
  • A plurality of the votes cast will be required to elect the officers. In the event of a tie, campus-wide, run-off elections shall be held for the tying candidates until one receives a plurality of votes in an election. The Executive Committee will determine the dates of the additional elections.
  • Electoral disputes deemed significant by the Executive Committee shall be decided by a discussion and vote in the general SGA meeting. Candidates must file a written complaint within two working days of the closing of the polls.
  • Campaign procedures and ethics will be stipulated to all candidates in writing from the Executive Committee, and the candidate will sign a form of consent to such regulation upon filing for candidacy.
  • Elections will be held over a two-day period with the hours, sites, and ballot procedures set by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee may choose to use the assistance of the Student Programs Office and voting members of the SGA for assistance of poll operation.
  • Any officer running for re-election will not be able to participate in the election process.

Let Article III - Section 3 read:

The elections of officers shall be under the following conditions:

  • The management of the elections shall be conducted by the Executive Committee, formerly the Elections Committee (See Article V, Section 2a).
  • Elections shall be held in March and the newly elected officers are strongly encouraged to attend all executive and general SGA meetings on or after April 1. Upon May 1, the newly elected officers will assume active duties and powers.
  • All candidates for Student Body executive offices shall be self-nominated in the Office of Student Programs, and upon such nomination, the candidate will sign a form stating that they have read the entire Constitution and agree to follow current stated regulations and amendments.
  • The candidates will be given a filing period to present their candidacy form. The Executive Committee will determine the dates for this period, which will extend for a timeframe of between two to four weeks; the Executive Committee will publicize this period at least one week before the opening day. The final day of the filing period must be on a school day and will end at 5:00 p.m. In the case of no candidates filing for a particular office, the filing period for such office will be extended for one-week periods repeatedly until at least one candidate presents.
  • A plurality of the votes cast will be required to elect the officers. In the event of a tie, campus-wide, run-off elections shall be held for the tying candidates until one receives a plurality of votes in an election. The Executive Committee will determine the dates of the additional elections.
  • Electoral disputes deemed significant by the Executive Committee shall be decided by a discussion and vote in the general SGA meeting. Candidates must file a written complaint within two working days of the closing of the polls.
  • Campaign procedures and ethics will be stipulated to all candidates in writing from the Executive Committee, and the candidate will sign a form of consent to such regulation upon filing for candidacy.
  • Elections will be held over a two-day period with the hours, sites, and ballot procedures set by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee may choose to use the assistance of the Student Programs Office and voting members of the SGA for assistance of poll operation.
  • Any current Executive Officer running for an executive position will not be able to participate in the election management process.
 
 
 

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