University of Missouri

52-48: An Act Creating a New Academic College Election Process

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill #5248


PURPOSE: To split the number of academic college seats into two elections, one each semester.

WHEREAS, this process accommodates senators that graduate in December; AND

WHEREAS, this process allows the students to vote for and maintain senators that represent their academic college; AND

WHEREAS, two elections for one year seats each year creates transparency and accountability to the students; AND

WHEREAS, currently 22/63 of MSA Senators have been elected directly by the students of the University of Missouri; AND

WHEREAS, this process does not alter the At-Large Senator’s role, allowing undecided majors and those changing majors to represent their constituents effectively.

THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION HERE ASSEMBLED that Bylaw Chapter 5 Section 3 be amended as follows upon passage of this act:
5.30 SENATE ELECTION – The date and time for the Senate election shall be outlined below.
(A) DATE OF ELECTION – The date of election shall be defined as the Tuesday during the election period.
(B) DATE AND TIME – The Senate election shall take place during the presidential elections in the Fall semester, and on a Tuesday in     April during the Spring semester. The Spring election shall take place over forty-eight hours and shall begin at 6:00PM on the Monday prior to the date of election and shall end at 6:00PM on the Wednesday following the date of election.
(C) CHANGES OF THE DATE – The Senate, may by enactment, move the date of the election. This move can occur no more than twenty days before the date of election.
(1) TECHNICAL FAILURE – If the general election fails due to technical reasons the date of the election shall be moved one calendar week later.
(2) EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES – Extreme circumstances including, but not limited to, investigations against a particular slate are recognized as possible factors that may necessitate the delay of an election outside of the timeframe described above. In cases where the BEC feels that a delay is necessary within one calendar week of the date of the election the BEC has the authority to postpone the date of election by one week.
(D) BEC HANDBOOK – The BEC shall create a handbook containing specific guidelines for the general election. The handbook shall require approval of the Senate Operations Committee and then full Senate. Once passed the handbook shall have the same authority as the bylaws.
(E) NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES – Guidelines for individuals wishing to become official candidates for the general election shall follow the guidelines below.
(1) NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES – Candidates may be nominated as Senators only. The candidates shall submit a form to the BEC to become a candidate.
(F) PROPERTY DESTRUCTION – Any candidate, organization or individual campaigning in any election shall be responsible for damage to or defacement of another candidate’s campaign materials committed by an individual or individuals involved with their own campaign.
(G) CAMPAIGN WORKERS – Campaign workers shall be defined as any person working towards an active goal of promoting a candidate or slate.
(H) SPLITTING SEATS The BEC shall be in charge of dividing and managing seats for each election.
(I) LENGTH OF TERM Each election shall be for a one year seat term.
(1) If a seat becomes empty before the end of its term, that seat shall be added to the next concurrent election.

Respectfully Submitted,

Benjamin J. Bolin

Mckenzie Morris