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ASUA senate approves dates for special election, preparation for race begins today

Sam Gross

ASUA senators talk special elections dates during an informal senate meeting on Friday morning. The special election kicks off this Monday with candidate packet pick-up. 

In a last minute, informal meeting, the ASUA Senate voted to approve the proposed dates for the ASUA senate and Executive Vice presidential special elections. 

While the vacancies in the senatorial race are simply due to a lack of candidates actually entering the race, the executive vice presidential race was marred with illegal campaign tactics and infractions of the elections code – ultimately resulting in the disqualification of Sen. Trey Cox.

READ: ASUA Supreme Court moves to disqualify Cox, special elections coming

The two elections will be run simultaneously.

  • Monday, March 28: Candidate packets are available at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, April 1: Candidate packets are due at 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 2: Mandatory candidate meeting
  • Sunday, April 3: Campaigning begins for qualified candidates
  • Friday, April 8: Election, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This special election is functioning on a much more abridged time-frame than normal, with only two weeks from beginning to end. Candidates are still held to the same expectations as a normal election – during the week long signature period they most collect at least 150 signatures or 10 percent of their respective college to be put on to the ballot. 

The election itself is dictated by the same standards as a normal election.

Other than the abridged time frame, the Executive Vice Presidential election will be run exactly the same as it normally would be. The only primary difference can be seen in the senatorial race – while all of the vacant senate seats are the college-specific representative posts, all of the potential candidates will be running as at-large senators. However, Executive Vice President, Evan Hastings said that though the senators will be running at large, they will be encouraged to represent their college if it is not already represented. 

Hastings added that if not all of the senate seats are filled by next November, the president will have the responsibility of appointing senators. 

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