University of Missouri

48-56: An Act to Revise Bylaws for the 2009 MSA Senate Election

Purpose: To simplify and clarify existing MSA election bylaws to coincide with BEC handbook provisions and to make elections more accessible and practicable for candidates, voters, and the BEC.

Whereas, the MSA Senate Elections will be held April 6th-8th, 2009, and

Whereas, the MSA Senate is charged with approving the BEC Handbook fifty days prior to the date of the election, and

Whereas, former and present members of the BEC, the Operations committee, the Student Court, and other concerned individuals met to revise the BEC Handbook in lieu of the BEC on January 23rd, 2009, and

Whereas, several changes to the bylaws are necessary to accommodate the resulting Handbook revisions,

Therefore be it enacted by the Missouri Students Association Senate that the bylaws be changed as follows:

5.03 TIME OF THE MSA GENERAL ELECTION

(A) DATE AND TIME—The general election of the President and Vice-President shall take place over a 48 hour period lasting from 6:00 p.m. on the Monday before the second Tuesday in November until 6:00 p.m. on the following Wednesday. The second Tuesday of November (unless changed by the Senate as specified in section 5.03(B) is “the date of the election” for the purposes of Chapter 5 of these bylaws.

(B) CHANGES OF THE DATE—The Senate may, by enactment, change the date of the election to a different date within a 40 day time frame around the original date of the election—no more than 20 days before or 20 days after the second Tuesday in November. If the election is to be moved forward, the change of date must be enacted at least 14 days before the new date.

In addition, if the general election cannot proceed as scheduled above for technical reasons, the date of the election will automatically be moved one calendar week later (method of election as determined by the BEC) unless the Senate modifies this timeline through enactment. The BEC must notify the student body of this date change within twenty-four hours of changing the date.

5.04 TIME OF THE MSA SENATOR ELECTIONS

(A)  DATE AND TIME—MSA Senator elections will take place from 6:00 p.m. on aMonday in April to 6:00 p.m. on the following Wednesday. This day (unless changed by the Senate as specified in section 5.04(B) is “the date of the Senator elections” for the purposes of Chapter 5 of these bylaws. This time allows for a week for a run-off election as well as a week for New Senator Training as seen in section (5.30)

(B) CHANGES OF THE DATE— The Senate may, by enactment, change the date of the election to a different date that falls either ten academic days before or ten academic days after the original date of the election. The change of date must be enacted at least 7 days before the new date.

In addition, if the election cannot proceed as scheduled above for technical reasons, the date of the election will automatically be moved one calendar week later (method of election as determined by the BEC) unless the Senate modifies this timeline through enactment. The BEC must notify the student body of this date change within twenty-four hours of changing the date.

D) HANDBOOK – Each year the BEC shall create a handbook containing specific guidelines for the session’s Senate elections. This handbook must be filed with the Clerk of the Senate at least 50 days prior to the Senator elections and approved by the Operations Committee and Full Senate by the end of January. This handbook shall include the time, date, and location of at least three two candidate information sessions to be held during normal Senate hours on Tuesday or Wednesday, as well as a scheduled voting application trial whose results shall be reported to the Department of Information Technology, MSA Advisor, and MSA Senate Speaker. Once approved, this handbook shall have the same power and force as these By-Laws. The BEC and all slates are mandated to follow its provisions.

5.11 NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE MSA SENATOR ELECTIONS

(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 fulfilled application criteria, or solicited or spent funds for the purpose of the election, or satisfied the nomination criteria per these bylaws.

(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 BECon 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.

5.21 GENERAL CAMPAIGN PRACTICES FOR SENATOR ELECTIONS

(A) LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN MATERIAL—The provisions under this section shall govern the quantity of campaign materials that a candidate for Senate can distribute or display. No campaign material can be distributed or displayed before the candidate has submitted a rules receipt form to the BEC. official campaign period as defined by Section 5.21 (C) begins. Additional limitations on campaign material will be as documented in the BEC Senate Election Handbook.

(1) WEBSITE—Each candidate may have one official website.

(2) SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE—Each candidate may have one group or page on one social networking site. (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, etc.)

(3) POSTERS—Each candidate may have up to 30 posters.

(4) HANDBILLS—Each candidate may have up to 500 handbills.

(5) SHIRTS—Each candidate may have 10 campaign shirts.

(B) OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN PERIOD—The official campaign period shall begin two Sundays before the Sunday before the election.

(C) REGISTRATION OF CAMPAIGN MATERIAL—All campaign material defined in Section 5.21 (A) must be registered with the BEC via the Election Forms.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Amanda Shelton Sean Haynes Garrett Bergquist
Operations Chairwoman Operations Committee Operations Committee