Elon University SGA Adopts Election Package and Establishes Judiciary for Next Term

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At their Feb. 17 business meeting, the Elon University Student Government Association adopted the election package and judicial manual for the next Senate term, allowing the election process to begin March 1.

the court manual declares that the three associate justices and a chief justice – who will be added to the next term of the Senate – will have the power to oversee the electoral process, ethical infractions and, if necessary and with a ¾ majority vote of the senate, to remove a General manager . This judicial process itself is not something that is finalized, but the passage of this legislation creates the number of judges for the next term of the Senate.

Senator Madison Holmes, President of Elections, explained the election package. The package, passed unanimously, outlines specific campaign guidelines for senators, senator expectations and available positions for the new Senate term.

“The general campaign guidelines will remain the same since the last election package,” Holmes said.

Holmes said campaigning inside residence halls had not been allowed in recent years due to COVID-19, but this election cycle has been reinstated allowing candidates to be escorted through residence halls with a resident of this room present at all times. Candidates are also allowed to spend up to $50 of their own money on their campaign. Approvals from other members of the SGA are permitted, with the exception of the Board of Directors who cannot formally endorse anyone.

Dean of Students, Jana Lynn Patterson, stressed the importance of students running for office, especially with the new changes in the composition of the Senate. Although there are the same number of senate positions available, the new composition creates more class senate positions that any student in that class can run for.

“Please look around your residences, student organizations, other branches or study groups and if you can help identify people who could use a pat on the shoulder to get involved,” Patterson said. . “Because the work of this organization will always be important.”

The SGA has also approved the Black Student Union’s request for funding for the Black Solidarity Conference to be held next Friday. Funding will cover their keynote speaker, giveaways and event booklets.

The next SGA business meeting will take place on March 3 and the electoral package will open on March 1, starting the electoral process.


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