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Submitted On: February 15, 2015Assigned To: UnassignedLegislature: passedVote: 22-0-2Executive: signed
Bill 48sl19, "Bill to Amend the Code of Elections to Allow Joint Candidacy for the Student Government Association President and Executive Vice President Beginning with the 2016 Calendar Year," Submitted by President Jon Darby .
Whereas,
an amicable, cooperative relationship between officers of the Student Government Association is critical to a productive term in office; and,
Whereas,
the current Code of Elections prohibits candidates for President and Vice President of the Student Government Association from campaigning jointly, utilizing similar logos, promoting a common platform, or endorsing any other candidates; and,
Whereas,
these prohibitions could produce an electoral outcome in which the President and Vice President are hostile toward one another or disagree with components of each other's platform; and,
Whereas,
there are numerous historical examples of the electoral outcome described above manifesting itself; and,
Whereas,
those historical examples were characterized by constant efforts on the part of each officer to undermine the other; and,
Whereas,
allowing joint campaigning for the President and Executive Vice President of the Student Government Association would significantly reduce the likelihood of negative or suboptimal electoral outcomes; and,
Whereas,
allowing joint campaigning for these limited offices would not create or resemble a party system; and,
Whereas,
the proposed amendment explicitly prohibits jointly campaigning candidates from endorsing or campaigning on behalf of anyone except each other, further reducing the likelihood that joint campaigning would lead to a party system; and,
Whereas,
joint campaigns would allow students to vote for a shared and coherent platform for the Executive Branch of the Student Government Association, reducing the perception of elected office as a "popularity contest"; and,
Whereas,
joint campaigns would allow candidates on a ticket to represent multiple support bases and communities, engaging more students in the electoral process and incentivizing the engagement of large aspects of the Emory community; and,
Whereas,
the proposed amendment would not take affect until the 2016 calendar year and would have no affect on the impending election cycle; and,
Whereas,
the Code of Elections is easily amended, allowing a reversal of changes if negative consequences manifest themselves in the future.
Therefore, be it enacted by the 48th Student Legislature of Emory University that if approved by a majority vote of the total membership of the Student Legislature (at least 20 votes), The Code of Elections for the SGA, Establishments, and Student Groups of Emory University be amended to reflect Exhibits B and C..

Appendix

Exhibit A

The Code of Elections for the SGA, Establishments, and Student Groups of Emory University

Part IV(3)(3): Candidacy: Types and Rules of Candidacy: Party Candidacy

  1. Party candidacy is prohibited in all elections of the SGA and its establishments.

 

Exhibit B

The Code of Elections for the SGA, Establishments, and Student Groups of Emory University

Part IV(3)(3): Candidacy: Types and Rules of Candidacy: Party Candidacy

  1. Party candidacy is prohibited in all elections of the SGA and its establishments.
  2. Candidates for the offices of President and Executive Vice President of the Student Government Association are exempt from this prohibition beginning with the 2016 Calendar Year.
  3. Any candidates exempt from the prohibition of party candidacy are subject to the “Joint Candidacy” regulations described in Part IV(3)(4).

 

Exhibit C

The Code of Elections for the SGA, Establishments, and Student Groups of Emory University

Part IV(3)(4): Candidacy: Types and Rules of Candidacy: Joint Candidacy

Section 4. Joint Candidacy

  1. Advertising
    1. Candidates may promote themselves using their names or derivations thereof.
    2. References to a party or political organization are strictly prohibited.
    3. Candidates may not promote any other candidate except their joint campaign partner.
  2.  Finance
    1. Candidates may jointly expend funds at long as the total expenditure of both candidates does not exceed the combined total of each position’s expenditure cap.
  3. Appearance on the Ballot
    1. Candidates may only appear on the ballot with their given or preferred names. No references to parties or organizations may appear with the candidates’ names.
    2. If the technology allows, the Elections Board shall include the name of the registered ticket alongside the appropriate candidates.
  4.  Registration
    1. Candidates must jointly register with the Board of Elections.

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