Student Association elections to take place March 29, 30

The 2022 Student Association elections will take place March 29 and 30, the Joint Elections Commission decided at a meeting Sunday night.

Students can register to run for president, vice president or senator between Feb. 28 and March 6, and eligible candidates can start campaigning March 10 at 9 a.m. The announcement of election results will take place March 31 at 5 p.m. at an undetermined location on campus, according to a Facebook post from the JEC, which oversees SA elections.

Students considering running for a position on the SA will need to attend one of the candidate information sessions Feb. 16, 24 or 27 before the registration period launches Feb. 28, according to the post.

The SA Senate passed legislation last year scaling back the minimum number of signatures required to run for office. SA presidential and vice-presidential candidates must now gather at least 1.5 percent of their constituency’s signatures, undergraduate senator candidates must collect one percent and all other candidates must compile .25 percent, according to the legislation.

The SA’s bylaws previously required 500 signatures for SA presidential and vice-presidential candidates to qualify for the ballot, 100 for Columbian College of Arts and Sciences candidates, 75 for Elliott School of International Affairs candidates, 50 for School of Business candidates and 20 for all others. Graduate senator candidates previously needed five signatures from their constituency to run for office before the change to percent quotas.

After a candidate gathers signatures for their petition, the JEC will verify the signatures and hold mandatory candidate meetings on March 8 and 9 for the official, verified candidates, according to the post.

JEC commissioners said the SA presidential and vice presidential debates will take place March 27. The post states that the time and location of these events will be announced at a later date.

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