University of Missouri

47-49: An Act to Update By-laws Relating to Association Elections

PURPOSE: To update the existing by-laws to ensure a smooth and fair election.
Whereas, the Senate Operations Committee met with members of the Student court and BEC to review election by-laws,
Whereas, certain by-laws and procedures were unclear or not stated,
Whereas, it is in the best interest of future elections to put into our procedures what we have learned from past elections,
Therefore, be it enacted by the Missouri Students Association Senate that Chapter 5 of the Senate bylaws be amended:
5.05 BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS (BEC)
(A) AUTHORITY—The Board of Election Commissioners is an independent MSA entity that shall certify the results of all elections and issue appropriate Writs of Election. Decisions made by the BEC may be appealed to the Student Court.
5.09 RESPONSIBILITIES—
(B) THE BEC CHAIR—
(1) Initiate investigations of conflicts or irregularities in the election process that are made known to the BEC through an official complaint.
(a) Should the BEC chair or other member file a complaint, it will be the responsibility of the other executive members to initiate investigations.
(b) Those who submit complaint should have the option to remain anonymous to everyone else involved in the case other than the BEC.

(F) (8) Actively publicize the elections
5.35 RUNOFF PROCEDURE
(D) SENATOR TIE
(1) In case of a tie during the Senator election the other number of candidates who have been successfully elected from that academic unit shall vote on paper over a 48 hour period to break the tie.
(F) TIME AND PLACE—If a runoff is required, the BEC shall set the date for the runoff no later than 20 academic days after the date of the first ballot, and shall be publicized in the campus media, along with the times and places at which polling places will be open, at least seven days prior to the date of the runoff. The runoff election will last for a 48 hour period.

5.30 ELECTION AND CERTIFICATION OF CANDIDATES
(A) FORM OF BALLOT
(5) All votes casted before elections start or after elections end shall not be counted.