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Executive Branch Results

President- Aaron Lay
Vice President- Cannon Johnson
Treasurer- Savannah Griffin
Secretary- Madison Harris

Legislative Branch Results

Agriculture & Human Ecology
Dawson Davidson
Austin Wattenbarger

Arts & Sciences
Callie Johnson
McKinley Thomas
Catherine White

Business
Jacob Cherry
Amber Lovell

Education
Macey Pickle

Engineering
Mariam Abbas
Benjamin Ask
Katie Hall
Logan Hester
Claire Myers

Interdisciplinary Studies
Kayla Sorensen




Nursing
Melody Roth
Maggie Tweel

 


2021 SGA Election Rules

As a candidates for Student Government Association office, you agree to conduct yourself and your campaign in an ethical manner that best represents Tennessee Tech University.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SGA Vice President at SGAVicePres@tntech.edu.

  • Candidate Requirements

    Executive Branch

    1. All elected members of the Executive Branch shall be full-time students of the University, unless on Co-op status with Tennessee Tech, and shall not serve more than two years in the same office.

    2. Executive Office candidates shall maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average throughout his/her term of office.

    3. The President and Vice President shall be of at least junior standing the beginning in the fall semester following their election.

    4. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be of at least sophomore standing beginning in the fall semester following their election.

    5. Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates must have served SGA for at least one academic year, including, but not limited to: the Senate, the Supreme Court, Executive Office, and/or the Executive Cabinet.


    Legislative Branch

    1. Senators shall be full-time students during their term of office, unless on Co-op status with Tennessee Tech

    2. Senators shall maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average throughout his/her term of office

    3. Senators from colleges and schools shall maintain a major within the college or school from which they were elected. Failure to maintain a major within the college elected will result in automatic resignation or re-installment. 

  • Candidate Submission Requirements

    All candidates must submit the following by 8:00 AM CST on Tuesday, March 30, 2021:

    1. Acknowledgment of Rules

    2. Candidate Information Form (Legal names must be used for ballot information)

    3. Headshot (for voting ballot and SGA election promotions)

    4. Petition


    Petitions

    1. Executive Office candidates must submit 100 signatures, eligible from all current students.

    2. Senate candidates must submit 25 signatures, eligible from current students within the candidate’s college. 

    3. Candidates are permitted to share their petition via mass communication and social media, so long as they are not promoting themselves as if they are already running for election. Example Statement: Please sign my petition to help me run for SGA [insert position title].

    Personal petition links must be requested by Monday, March 29th at 4:00 PM CST.

  • Candidates’ Meeting

    The official candidates’ meeting for executive officer candidates and senate candidates will be Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM CST via an online video conferencing platform. All candidates that have submitted the Acknowledgement of Rules, Candidate Information form, and Petitions by 8:00 AM will receive an invite to the meeting. The invite will be sent to your Tennessee Tech email.

  • Active Campaigning

    1. Active campaigning shall begin after the official candidates meeting.

    2. Active campaigning shall not interfere with the academic life or integrity of the student body or the individual students.

    3. Active campaigning includes the all activity on social media that promotes any campaign, advertisement in campus news and/or radio, email, phone/video calls, or any other media where the candidate is asking at mass for support from voters.

    4. Any tabling or events on campus must be registered through Event Management System.

  • Budgets

    1. Campaign funds shall be limited to $750.00.

    2. Each budget should itemize all purchases and donations in connection with the candidate’s campaign. This budget should not exceed $750.00.

    3. Candidates must turn in an itemized and all receipts to the Election Commission Chairperson by:

      • Executive: April 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM CST

      • Senate: April 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM CST

    4. Budgets should be prepared for each candidate. No pairs or groups of candidates may combine budgets or campaign material unless the candidates agree to a combined budget that does not exceed $750.00.

    5. Candidates, or any organization of the candidates, shall not apply for SOLO funding for the purpose of promoting a candidate or the promotion of the election.

    6. If a candidate does not comply with the set budget, it will result in an immediate disqualification from the election.

  • Election Day

    1. Executive Branch elections will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 8:00 AM CST until 4:30 PM CST.

    2. Legislative (Senate) elections will take place on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 8:00 AM CST until 4:30 PM CST.

    3. Elections will be held online. The link to the voting server will be posted on the SGA website and social media on the day of the election.

    4. Links to the voting server will also be emailed to students for Executive Office and their respective colleges’ Senators.

    5. Polls will close at 4:30 PM CST and counting will begin immediately following.

    6. The election results will be posted on the SGA website: tntech.edu/sga/elections and social media.

  • Prohibited Conduct

    1. No candidate, nor agents of candidates, shall bribe or coerce students into voting. Bribes include but are not limited to: the promise or exchange of goods, favors, and/or drawing entries for raffles for promised votes.

    2. It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform their respective organizations of the SGA election rules.

    3. The collection of TNumbers and/or PIN numbers will be strictly prohibited.

    4. With proof of the collection of any student voter login information, the candidate will be immediately disqualified from the election and referred to the Dean of Students.

    5. No endorsements from colleges, academic departments, campus departments, employees or contractors of the University

      • Endorsements include but are not limited to distributing campaign material, posting on social media, and/ or taking part in photo ops with any candidate

      • Colleges and academic departments are permitted to inform students in their unit of their respective candidates

  • Campaign Violations

    The SGA Election Commission Committee shall determine and enforce all rules regarding SGA elections. If an alleged violation is filed against a candidate, the candidate will be notified and have an opportunity to appear before the commission or submit a short statement/explanation regarding alleged violation prior to a ruling by the Election Commission. The Election Commission Committee will follow strict guidelines to ensure fair and ethical rulings are made based on the violation.

    Possible consequences for being found in violation of the rules are as follows:

    1. Probation: A probationary period means that if the candidate is found violating the rules again before the final budgets and receipts are approved, the candidate is disqualified.

    2. Subtraction of Votes: The Election Commission may find that a candidate has given themselves an illegal or unfair advantage in the election and may choose to take away that advantage by the subtraction of votes based on the severity of the violation. No more than two-hundred and fifty (250) votes may be subtracted.

    3. Disqualification: Within a probationary period, if the candidate is found violating the rules again before the final budgets and receipts are approved, the candidate is disqualified.

Executive Branch

March 29, 2021
  • 4:00 PM CST: Deadline to request personal petition link
March 30, 2021
  • 8:00 AM CST: Acknowledgment of Rules, Candidate Information Form, Headshot, and Petition due for online submission

  • 11:00 AM CST: Candidates' Meeting   
April 13, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST: Election Day 
        
  • 4:30 PM CST: Vote Counting Begins
April 14, 2021
  • 12:00 PM CST: Itemized Budgets and Receipts Due to Election Commission Chairperson   

 Legislative Branch

March 29 2021
  • 4:00 PM CST: Deadline to request personal petition link
March 30, 2021
  • 8:00 AM CST: Acknowledgment of Rules, Candidate Information Form, Headshot, and Petition due for online submission

  • 11:00 AM CST: Candidates' Meeting 
April 20, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST: Election Day  
         
  • 4:30 PM CST: Vote Counting Begins
April 21, 2021
  • 12:00 PM CST: Itemized Budgets and Receipts Due to Election Commission Chairperson

How to Start A Petition

Begin by requesting a personal petition link via the form below. Your personal petition link and QR code will be sent to the email address provided on the form within one business day.  The email will be sent from SGA@tntech.edu. Personal petition links must be requested by Monday, March 29th at 4:00 PM CST

REQUEST Personal PETITION LINK


Distributing the Petition

  • Once you have received your personal petition link, you may share your link with students and ask them to consider signing it.

  • While the rules say you may not use social media to promote yourself, you may use social media to post your petition link so long as you are not promoting yourself as if you are already running for election. Example Statement: Please sign my petition to help me run for SGA [insert position title].

  • You may check the status of your petition at any time via the "view signatures" link that will be included in your personal petition informational email.


Submitting the Petition to SGA

  • Once you have collected the required number and type of signatures (see criteria above), you may submit the Acknowledgement of Rules and Candidate Information Form. You will be required to enter your "view signatures" link on this form.


Acknowledgment of Rules & Candidate Information

Prior to beginning this step, please be sure you have the following items ready for submission:

  1. Headshot

  2. "View Signatures" Petition Link containing all required signatures

To submit your online Acknowledgment & Candidate Information form follow the link below.

2021 ACKNOWLEDGMENT & CANDIDATE INFORMATION FORM

To access the SGA Election Rules in document form, follow the link below.

SPRING 2021 ELECTION RULES

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