ARTICLE VIII: Elections

Section I: Election Policy

Subsection A: Unless otherwise specified, all officers of SGA shall be elected according to the Bylaws of the Elections Board.

Subsection B: Any violation of the following elections procedures should be considered grounds for invalidation of any election at the discretion of the Head(s) of the Elections Board. An election can also be invalidated if the Head of the Honor Board and the President of the Self-Government Association together determine that the election has not been conducted in the spirit of the Honor Code.

 Subsection C: Appeals concerning elections will be heard by the Honor Board. 

Subsection D: Class Presidents, Dorm Presidents, Residential Representatives, Off-Campus Representatives, Haverford Representatives and McBride Representatives shall be elected by their specific constituencies as specified in this document and under the direction of the Elections Board. All other positions shall be filled in general elections in accordance with the following guidelines. 

Subsection E: Any member desiring to resign from the SGA Assembly shall submit a written resignation, no less than three weeks prior to official resignation, to the Secretary of SGA who shall present it to the Assembly for action.

Section II: Eligibility

Subsection A: To be eligible to run for a position a candidate must be a current member of SGA and a candidate for a Bryn Mawr A.B. degree or a non-matriculated McBride.

 Subsection B: To be eligible to run for a position a candidate must meet the specifications of the office for which the student is running.

Section III: General Elections

Subsection A: Elections shall be held the Monday and Tuesday following publication of statements of intent, to allow for run-off elections as specified in Article VIII, Section IV, Subsection C.

Subsection B: A majority of fifty percent plus one vote (50% + 1) of the ballots cast shall be necessary for election to an office, with the exception of the office of Member-At-Large and the Appointments Committee. 

Subsection C: If no candidate receives a majority of 50% + 1 vote of the ballots cast, a run-off election shall be held within forty-eight hours between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes. The write-in option will not be allowed on the run-off election ballot. All candidates shall be notified.

Subsection D: In the event of a tie in an election, a second election shall be held within forty-eight hours between the two candidates. Write-ins will not be allowed on the run-off election ballot. Both candidates shall be notified. 

Subsection E: In an unopposed race, if no candidate receives 50% + 1 of the ballots cast, a run-off election will be held within forty-eight hours between the previously unopposed candidate and the write-in candidate receiving the largest number of votes, provided she/he/they accept the nomination. Write-ins will not be allowed on the run-off election ballot. Adequate publicity of the proceedings shall be the responsibility of the Head of the Elections Board.

Subsection F: In the event the write-in candidate receiving the greatest number of votes does not wish to participate in the run-off election or no write-in candidate is offered, the unopposed candidate shall take office for the term of one semester. A special election shall be held within the first three weeks of the next semester for that office.

Subsection G: All election results shall be publicized by the Head of the Elections Board as soon as the results have been tabulated by the Elections Board and after all candidates have been contacted.

Section IV: Special Elections

Subsection A: In a Member-at-Large election, if the number of candidates exceeds the number of open positions, voters are allowed to vote only for the number of positions to be filled.

Subsection B: The Traditions Head shall administer the election of the First-Year Traditional Non-Transfer Student Songs Mistress(es)/Master(s)/Mistex mistress during Customs Week each year.

 Subsection C: With the exception of the office of President of SGA (see Article III, Section I, Subsection C), all vacancies shall be filled through a special election which shall take place no later than two weeks after the vacancy occurs, under the direction of the Elections Board. 

Subsection D: In case of a special election to fill a vacancy, an individual who already holds an office in the Assembly may run in the election and still retain the previously-held office.

Subsection E: In the event a new office of the Assembly is created, a special election may be held under the direction of Elections Board to fill that office.

Subsection F: All other special elections shall be held under the direction of the Elections Board.

Section V: Terms Used in a Vote

Subsection A: An abstention does not figure into the percentage count of votes.

Subsection B: Write-ins shall be a valid means of registering preferences. A write-in candidate must fulfill the eligibility requirements as specified above in Article VIII, Section II. If a write-in candidate does not fulfill the eligibility requirements, the vote for the candidate shall be considered an abstention. Before a write-in candidate can be declared a participant in a run-off election, or the winner of an election, the student shall be notified by the Head of the Elections Board and must accept the nomination. A write-in vote figures in the percentage count of the vote. 

Subsection C: No-votes shall be a valid means of registering preferences only in an election to an office for which a candidate runs unopposed. A no-vote is a vote against the unopposed candidate and figures in the percentage count of the vote.

Subsection D: It is the responsibility of the voter to make arrangements to cast an absentee ballot, e.g. by proxy or notifying the Head of the Elections Board. An absentee ballot must be returned on the same day as the election or at the discretion of the Head of the Elections Board. An absentee ballot will be counted in the percentage of the vote.

 

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