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How to hold elections

Election Process

If you are forming a new student organization, you must elect a President, Vice President,  recording Secretary and Treasurer according to the following rules.

New groups must hold elections PRIOR to submitting an application for recognition.

All current groups must hold elections and report the results prior to to April 1st each year.

Section A. All elections for officers and for committee chairpersons shall be decided by majority vote of the full membership and shall be conducted by secret ballot. Write-in votes shall be permitted on the ballot and shall be deemed valid if the intent to vote for a specific candidate for a specific position is clear.

Section B. Any voting member may nominate any undergraduate student, currently in good academic standing, for any office or elected position. In the case of regular elections, nominations shall be opened at the last regular meeting before the annual meeting and shall be closed at the annual meeting. In the case of an election to fill a vacancy, nominations shall be opened at the first regular membership meeting after the vacancy occurs and shall be closed at the next regular membership meeting thereafter

Section C. Immediately upon the close of nominations, an election shall be held. If any election has only one candidate, that person must still face election by ballot, and shall be liable to defeat by write-in votes. If no candidate receives a majority on the first ballot there shall be no election and the ballot shall be repeated as many times as is necessary until a candidate is elected by majority. Each ballot after the first shall include the name of all nominees who do not themselves withdraw.

Need More Information? Please contact the Student Organization Advisory Review Committee (SOARC) chairperson at soarc@rhodysenate.org.com




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