SGA Relying On Internet Survey For Elections

by Jake Hawkins

When voting for Student Government Association offices this year students will notice that instead of reaching for a pen to check a box, they will be putting fingers to a trackpad to click their desired candidate.

The paperless initiative has reached SGA elections.

“With the campus trying to become paperless, SGA thought it was important to show our support for this new initiative and decrease paper use as much as possible,” said senior Jake Cassady, the elections committee chair.

As in years past, SGA will rely on a complete list of students provided by the registrar’s office. When voting, students will be required to highlight their name before voting to prevent students from voting multiple times, according to Cassady.

Cassady and other members of the election committee will compare the number of students who signed in to vote to the number of votes recorded as a means to ensure accuracy.

SGA will be relying on SurveyMonkey to conduct elections, though voting will only be allowed at the physical location staffed by SGA members during the designated times.

“I will be able to hide the URL address and lock it so that others will not be able to vote multiple times,” said Cassady.

Using SurveyMonkey allows for an immediate tabulation of results, and the winners will be announced within 24 hours after the polls close.

Primary elections for all SGA offices (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) will take place on March 31 and April 1 in Front Lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Elections for senate seats will be held April 6-8 during those same times.

If a runoff is needed for any officer position, it will take place on the April 4 and 5. A runoff would be needed, according to the SGA constitution, should no candidate receive at least 50 percent of the vote or if there is a tie between two candidates. In a runoff, the top two candidates will be voted on again.

This year, no office has more than two candidates vying for a position.

Anyone, candidate or student, can contest the election results, according to Cassady. To do this, the student must notify, in writing, Cassady or any other member of the executive council.

For a full list of candidates and their official, self-provided candidate platforms, turn to page 5.


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