General Election Information

Below is all the information you need to know about the Student Body General Elections!

Vote here starting at 8am April 3rd to 5pm April 4th!

Important Dates and Times:

Polls will open to vote at 8am on April 3rd and close at 5pm on April 4th.
The Presidential Debate will be held in Thundar’s Den at 12:30pm on March 26th.

 

Candidates

Student Body President and Vice President

The Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates run as teams. All students are eligible to vote for these tickets. Below are the tickets listed in alphabetical order by the presidential candidates last name:

Kole Nichols and Ivan Wognin

Mason Rademacher and Joseph Vollmer

 

Student Senators

Student Senators can be voted on by students within their academic college. On the ballot, only the senatorial candidates from your academic college will appear to you. The candidates are listed below by college:

College of Business

Matthew Friedmann

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Lauren Dahlia Bender

Lindsey Pouliot

College of Science and Math

Carl Ludewig

College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources

Lucas Simmer

Anthony Soukup

College of Engineering

Laura Friedmann

George Kessel

McKenna Warcken

College of Human Development and Education

Vacant

College of Graduate Studies

Vacant

College of Health Professions

Vacant

 

Write-in Candidacy

Voters have the opportunity to write-in a vote for senators in their academic college or President. If you did not submit a petition for candidacy such as the above, but are interested in becoming a Senator, consider running as a write-in candidate. See the Election Code under Applications, Forms, and Guidelines under Resources on our website for more information or reach out to alexander.pacella@ndsu.edu .

 

Ballot Measures

All ballot measures were approved by a committee comprised of the Student Body Vice President, Chief Justice, three Senators, three Justices, and two at-large members. Then, the measures were approved by a 2/3 vote of the Student Senate. If you would like to see exact language changes, please contact the Chief Justice, Alexander Pacella at alexander.pacella@ndsu.edu. The ballot will allow you to vote yes or no on each measure. All the measures are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot:

Ballot Measure 1

A ballot measure to improve the grammar and clarity of the Student Body Constitution.

Ballot Measure 2

A ballot measure to increase the number of signatures needed for a valid petition to initiate a vote on the issue of recalling the Student Body President, Vice President, or any non-judicial student government official. This measure would change the number of signatures required from 5% of the student body to 10% of the student body.

Ballot Measure 3

A ballot measure to increase the number of signatures needed for a valid petition to initiate a vote on the issue of recalling a Student Senator. This measure would change the number of signatures required from 5% of the students in the Senator’s academic district to 10% of the students in the Senator’s academic district.

Ballot Measure 4

A ballot measure to make the process for removing the Chief Justice the same as that for removing the other branch heads: the President and Vice President. The process would be as follows: the Student Senate would vote to remove the Chief Justice at two meetings, no fewer than two calendar weeks apart, if at both meetings the Senate gives at least a three-quarters vote to remove, the student body would then vote on the matter and a two-thirds vote would be required to remove the Chief Justice. Currently, the process is ambiguous and the Chief Justice either has no process for removal or can be removed by a single two-thirds vote of the Student Senate.

Ballot Measure 5

A ballot measure to specify that the President of the Senate (Vice President of the Student Body) is authorized to excuse Senators from attending meetings, when necessary. Currently, this power is not explicitly delegated in the Constitution.

Ballot Measure 6

A ballot measure to reduce the number of office hours required of Student Senators, per week, from three to two.

Ballot Measure 7

A ballot measure to give sole authority to waive the requirement of Senators to perform their weekly office hours, as necessary, to the Vice Chair. Currently, the Vice Chair must have the consent of the President of the Senate (Vice President of the Student Body).

Ballot Measure 8

A ballot measure to give the President the authority to determine whether the Vice Chair attends meetings of the executive team. Currently, the Vice Chair attend said meetings at his own discretion.

Ballot Measure 9

A ballot measure to change the Administrative Assistant’s title to “Executive Administrator.”

Ballot Measure 10

A ballot measure to allow the Student Court to keep hearings, meetings, and minutes private at its discretion. Currently, it may do so only with the consent of “all parties involved.”

Ballot Measure 11

A ballot measure to allow the Student Court to add into any document which it formally interprets, a citation relating to the formal interpretation.

Ballot Measure 12

A ballot measure to add a formal process for the selection of the Chief Justice from the members of the Court. Currently, there is no set process.

Ballot Measure 13

A ballot measure to change the percentage of votes required for the student body to approve amendments to the Student Body Constitution from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority.

Ballot Measure 14

A ballot measure to change the frequency at which the Constitution and Code Review Committee reviews the Student Government Code, from annually to on even-numbered years.

Ballot Measure 15

A ballot measure to add the Congress of Student Organizations Guidelines to the “Official Guidelines” section of the constitution.

 

Executive Team Applications 

Interested in being on the 2019-2020 NDSU Student Government Executive Team? Follow the link below to apply for this opportunity! There are eight executive position available, they include:

  • Academic and Student Affairs
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Congress of Student Organizations
  • External Affairs
  • Finance
  • Assistant Finance
  • Public Relations
  • Technology

Click here to apply

More information about the positions is available at www.ndsu.edu/sg/execteam. The new executive team will be selected by the incoming Student Body President and Vice President. In the meantime, questions can be directed to the current Student Body President Chase Grindberg. The application deadline is Sunday, April 7th.

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