University of Missouri

47-22: An Act to Update Senator Election Procedures as Outlined in the Bylaws

PURPOSE: To amend Section 5 of the MSA Bylaws to facilitate further participation in the Senator Elections and correct contradictory dates in regards to election procedures.

WHEREAS, Last year’s senator election participation was comprised of only 27 candidates, which was not as heavily populated as anticipated, and

WHEREAS, The 35 Signature Petition required by Form 1 deterred potential candidates from participating in the elections, and

WHEREAS, The application to become a Senator should be inviting and allow for the student body to be given accurate representation, and

WHEREAS, To continue a populated and functioning Senate, all 50 Senate seats must be filled in the Spring elections, and

WHEREAS, Given the practicality of future elections, an application would be a more appropriate means to create a competitive election, and

WHEREAS, The existing Bylaws contradict themselves in regards to the date of Senator Elections.

THEREFORE, Be it enacted by the Missouri Students Association Senate that Chapter 5 (Association Election Laws) of the bylaws be amended:

5.11 NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE MSA SENATOR ELECTIONS

(E) (A) DEFINITION OF CANDIDATE— A candidate shall be defined as any member who has satisfied the nomination criteria per these bylaws. Prior to 29 days before the election, a candidate shall be defined as any member who has solicited nominating signatures or votes fulfilled application criteria, or solicited or spent funds for the purpose of the election, or who has satisfied the nomination criteria per these bylaws.

(F)  (B) NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES—
(1) Candidates must be registered with the University as having their primary major fall within the Academic College they apply to represent. No candidate shall be placed on the ballot except upon filing petitions an application of intent to run with the BEC on Election Form 8A or via online submission containing the names, signatures and student numbers of 35 qualified voters of the Association within their Academic College and the names of the individuals that are being nominated. pertinent information for the inclusion of the candidate in the election. The filing deadline shall be 29 days prior to the date of the election. Such date is to be advertised by the Department Student Communications in conjunction with the BEC in campus media at least 45 days prior to the date of the election.

5.61 ELECTION FORMS FOR SENATOR ELECTIONS

(A) The BEC shall have the power to create and nullify an election form with the approval of the Senate Operations Committee. The BEC may change existing forms with the approval of the Senate Operations Committee. A copy of all valid election forms shall be filed with the Clerk of the Senate.

(B) ELECTION FORMS DEFINED—

(1) Election Form 1 Petition  Application
(2) Election Form 2 Completed Petition and Rules Receipt
(3) Election Form 3 Registration of Websites
(4) Election Form 4 Registration of Posters, Handbills and Shirts
(5) Election Form 5 Building Permissions/Posting Approvals

(C) Election Forms 1 and 2 are due by the last due date to file a petition
application as defined in the BEC Handbook.

(D) Election Forms 2, 3 and 5 3, 4, and 5 are due when a candidate registers their campaign material with the BEC on the date defined by the BEC Handbook.

5.70 SENATE ELECTIONS

(A)    DATE AND TIME—MSA Senator elections will take place from 6:00 p.m. on Monday in April to 5:00 p.m. on the following Wednesday the Tuesday before the Tuesday of the University’s Spring Recess, over a 48-hour period lasting spanning the Monday before the date of the election until Wednesday.

Respectfully Submitted,

Marissa Sharkey            Jonathan Mays        Allison Horne
Operations Vice-Chair        MSA Senate Speaker        MSA Senate Clerk