Apply for Spring 2017 Elections
Deadline: Friday, March 10 at 12 p.m.
Current UT Dallas students may file for spring elections by completing the following:
- Submit an Online Application Form via OrgSync.
- Print and return the following forms to the Student Government office (SU Suite 2.4):
- Attend the mandatory pre-voting meeting for candidates Friday, March 10 at 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. in the Galaxy Rooms on the second floor of the Student Union. If you cannot attend, you must meet with the SG Advisor before this meeting.
Senate Seats Available
- Sophomores - 4
- Juniors - 10
- Seniors - 12
- Graduate - 17
The Mercury will meet with candidates to discuss their platforms and write an endorsement for the candidate we believe will best serve the UT Dallas community.
The endorsement interviews will be conducted March 6-10 and published on March 21 after the debate.
Meet your presidential candidates for Student Government on the Student Union First Floor at 1 p.m.
For questions, email [email protected]
Voting will be held online from Wednesday, March 22 at 8 a.m. through Friday, March 24 at 4 p.m.
Election results will be announced on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m.
Run-off election (if needed) will be held Wednesday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Candidates must submit a Financial Disclosure Form by Tuesday, March 28 at 4 p.m. to avoid infractions charged to your UT Dallas student account.
All campaign material must be removed by Wednesday, March 29 at 12 p.m. Failure to do so will result in a fine to your student account.
If victorious, candidates must accept their senate seat in SU Suite 2.4 by Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of seat.
Duties and Responsibilities
By joining Student Government, officers and senators are expected to:
- Attend all senate meetings (Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m.)
- Represent and be in contact with constituents.
- Be present for all senate-sponsored events, including, but not limited to, Student Government booths, campus-wide community service projects, mandatory events and retreats.
- Perform all duties outlined in the UT Dallas Student Government Bylaws.
Senators are required to be a member of a senate standing committee and attend all regular committee meetings in addition to all regular senate meetings.
All campaign materials must be approved by either (1) Student Government advisor or (2) election board chair, before being posted or dispersed. Both can be found in the Student Union, Suite 2.4.
Copies of all campaign material, other than posters, must be filed with Student Government prior to being posted.
All campaign materials must be posted according to University and election code policies. For more information see the Student Organization Manual.
Failure to turn in the Financial Disclosure Form by the deadline will result in an infraction. This will be strictly enforced. Student account will be charged.
Each campus organization may endorse only one candidate or party for a senate seat in each grade level, in the form of a written record filed with the Student Government office.
A candidate may have as many endorsements as desired. Each organization is allowed one endorsement poster regardless of the number of actual endorsements it makes.
Complete the Candidate Endorsement Form.
Campaign material in the form of buttons, stickers and business cards is allowed without limit. Expenditures for all such items are limited to the stipulated $500 for officer candidates, $150 for Senate candidates. All such items need to be approved and filed by Student Government.
- Only currently enrolled students may vote.
- When applicable, campaigning cannot take place inside the building where voting is held.
- All candidates and election procedures followed are bound by Student Development Rules and the SG Election Code.
- Copies of all campaign materials must be filed and approved with Student Government before they are distributed.
- Complaints must be filed in writing at the Student Government office, SU 2.4.
- Who can run for Student Government?
Any UT Dallas student may run for Student Government. In order to be eligible to run for the President or Vice President position, a student must have served at least one full semester on Student Government.
- What is a ticket?
A student may form a ticket by asking other sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students to run as a team. Tickets are typically led by two students seeking the President and Vice President positions. There is no obligation to run on a ticket and students may also choose to run on their own. Members of a ticket will normally benefit from having a shared platform and communication strategy.
- Do I have to vote for people in the same ticket?
Students vote for individuals, not for a ticket. This remains true for the President or Vice President, meaning that it is possible for a VP from one ticket and a President from another ticket to win. The individuals who receive the most votes will be awarded the positions.
- How are positions divided among schools or majors?
In addition to the President and Vice President positions, the UT Dallas campus votes for sophomore, junior, senior and graduate seats. A student’s degree or school does not impact voting or allocation of seats. Seats are allocated so that each senator represents approximately 500 UT Dallas students.
- How can I learn more about Student Government’s current projects?
- Student Government meetings are open to the student body and occur each Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Galaxy Rooms.
- Akshitha Padigela (SG President) and Joey Campaign would love to speak with you – email them or schedule a meeting in SU 2.401.
- Check out our webpage or find us on Instagram and Facebook!
Election Board Chair
2017 Dates and Deadlines
|Senate Filing Begins||Monday, Feb. 20
|Campaign Orientation Meeting||Friday, March 10
1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Answer questions and review the Election Code with potential candidates. If unable to attend, contact Election Board Chair by Thursday, March 3 at 12 p.m.
|Senate Filing Ends||Friday, March 10
|Forms Due:||By Friday, March 10
|Mandatory Pre-Voting Meeting for Candidates||Friday, March 10
1 or 1:30 p.m.
SU Galaxy Rooms
If candidate has class or another obligation, then meet with the SG Advisor before this meeting.
|Elections||Starts Wednesday, March 22 at 9 a.m.
Ends Friday, March 24 at 4 p.m.
|Results Announced||Friday, March 24
Posted on SG Headquarters Door
|Financial Disclosure Form Due||Tuesday, March 28
No exceptions, to avoid infractions.
|Run-off Election (if necessary)|| Wednesday, March 29
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Results posted by Election Board at 5 p.m.
|Campaign Materials Removed||Wednesday, March 29
No exceptions, to avoid infractions.
|Accept Senate Seat||Wednesday, March 29
Submit in writing at the Student Government office SU 2.4, no exceptions.