University of Missouri

48-117: An Act to Update the Rule Governing Senator Tie(s)

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 48-117

An Act to Update the Rule Governing Senator Tie(s)

WHEREAS, The Board of Election Commissioners is charged with conducting elections on behalf of the MSA Senate for both the purpose of electing the President / Vice President in the fall and new Senators in the spring from the eleven academic units in the University of Missouri, and

 

WHEREAS, for the last three years, the Board of Election Commissioners has conducted Spring Elections for the MSA Senate for the purpose of electing a majority of the following year’s Senators, and

 

WHEREAS, in two of those three elections, there has been a tie in at least one of the academic units, and

 

WHEREAS, the current procedure for handling a tie vote is out of step with the rest of the bylaws, in that it mandates a paper ballot as the means of registering a vote, and

 

WHEREAS, the rest of the Chapter 5 bylaws allow for the primary means of voting to be conducted on-line with the intent to streamline the voting process for the students, and

 

WHEREAS, the current tie-breaking procedure does not specify how a tie in the tie-breaking vote is to be rectified, and

 

WHEREAS, a majority of the academic units are awarded fewer than five (5) seats in the MSA Senate based on their percentage of students out of the whole student population.

 

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that 5.30 (D) of Chapter 5 Bylaws be amended to read:

 

(D) SENATOR TIE – In case of a tie during the Senator elections the BEC shall inform the Operations Committee and the Speaker of the Senate that the full Senate shall need to vote to break the tie in a Senator Election. The tied candidates shall then go before full Senate at the earliest session and be voted on by a secret ballot with the results of the tie-breaking vote to be tallied and certified by the BEC.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Ian F. Krause, Vice-Chair Academic Affairs

Sean Haynes, Senator, Operations Committee, Vice Chairman, BEC