The University of Kansas

FAQ

What do I do to become a candidate?

  • You must file a declaration of candidacy 
  • Gathering of signatures is not necessary for candidates running in the 2021-2022 school year. 

Where can I get signatures from?

Gathering of signatures is not necessary for candidates running in the 2021-2022 school year. 

Can I campaign before filing?

            No.

Can I petition the elections trial court if I don't agree with them?

You may file complaints against the Elections Trial Court with the Student Senate Chief Justice of Appeals and the Student Senate Chief of Staff. We are not an infallible committee and answer to the Senate regulations and rules as any other affiliated body does.

Can I run for any senatorial position?

No. You must be a member of the division that the position represents, i.e. you cannot be an Engineering representative if you are not a member of the Engineering school.

When will voting take place?

Please read Article VII in the Student Senate Rules and Regulations (see below). 

When will the results be tallied?

There is no definitive timeline. The Elections Trial Court will determine if the election has been certified, and results will be shared once this process if complete. You may request a recount or contest the results 24 hours after the public release of these results.       

What are campaign materials?

“Any paraphernalia or property with the primary purpose of promoting or opposing the election of any candidate or group of candidates to any Student Senate office.” 

Where can I distribute materials?

You cannot put materials in dorms, but may submit posters and flyers to housing for public display. You cannot use material that may damage property—you must be able to remove materials with no evidence. 

Can I visit clubs to promote my coalition?

Yes!

Where can I chalk?

Coalitions may chalk 48 hours before a caucus or a meeting for the purpose of publicizing that meeting. You cannot chalk on stairs or on surfaces that may not be washed away by rain.

Can I create my own websites and social media?

            Yes, but you must notify the Elections Trial Court within 48 hours of any account.

What forms do I need to submit after filing?

Every Monday by 5:00 PM, coalitions and independent candidates must submit financial reports to the Senate office or directly to the Elections Trial Court.

How much can I spend?

President and Vice Presidential candidates may spend up to $500 per ticket. Senatorial candidates may spend up to $25.

Where can I find the rules?

            Article VII of the Student Senate Rules and Regulations (see below). 

I don’t see my question here, help!

             First, read through Article VII in the Student Senate Rules and Regulations (see below). If you can't find your answer, email us! We are here to help you.

 

Student Senate Rules and Regulations


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