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Elections

UPDATES

  • Voting in the general election closed at Midnight on Thursday, April 6. Election results are available at on the Election Results tab on the left.
  • There is a run-off election on Thursday, April 13 for president between Corey Gray and Briana Stanley. Go to the OrgSync ballot to cast your vote!

There are a number of positions that are still vacant on all six campuses. Students who would like to apply to fill one of the vacancies listed on Vacant Positions  (with a link also available on the left), please fill out the application by April 19, 2017.

Voting Instructions
Voting for all elected Student Government Association positions on all six campuses is conducted via OrgSync beginning 12:01 am Monday, April 3 – Thursday, April 6 at 11:59 pm. A listing of candidates is also available on the Running for Election page.

orgsync-profile-imageFirst time logging into OrgSync? If so, when students first log in, they’ll be asked to fill out a User Profile. After submitting a few quick answers, they’ll be re-directed to the ballot.

If for any reason this does not happen, simply click on the link to the ballot again!

Ballots for the schools, colleges and campuses are based on the current information with the Registrar’s office. Students whose records haven’t been updated to reflect their current status should email the Election Commission to request a manual change of ballot.

Election Timeline
April 3 Online Voting Begins  12:01 a.m. Online via OrgSync
April 4 – 6 Election Commission Polling Stations Atlanta: Courtland/Gilmer and Piedmont/Edgewood
Alpharetta: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. outside the SGA/PAC Office AA1320
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12-5 p.m. AA1140
Wednesday 12-4 p.m. Spring Fling
Clarkston:
Decatur: Monday, mobile station in front of the gym SC-2100 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dunwoody:
Newton:
April 6 Online Voting Ends at 11:59 p.m.
April 11 Election Results Announced at 12 p.m. Live in Atlanta and streamed via Facebook Live from the SGA Facebook page
April 11 Election Results Announced at 1:30 p.m. via social media
April 11 Mandatory meeting for candidates in run-off Time & Location TBA
April 13 Run-off Election Voting Online via OrgSync
April 18 Run-off Election Results Announced
May 10 Inauguration Ceremony & Luncheon 12 p.m. Student Center Ballroom, Atlanta

Article 8 of the Student Government Association (SGA) Constitution sets forth the establishment of the Election Commission. Title V of the SGA Bylaws serves as the Election Code which outlines specific election procedures and the requirements to run for election.

Student Government Association Candidates
The SGA of Georgia State University convenes an election every year to determine a new SGA body that will serve the students of Georgia State University. All eligible candidates will be listed in Student Government Elections portal of OrgSync.

Candidates must meet student leader requirements as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and follow the Election Code. Students interested in running for an elected position can find the applications in the Student Government Elections portal of OrgSync.

Campaign Violations
All campaigning and election complaints must be submitted in writing within 72 hours of the close of the elections. Such complaints must be filed based on violations that were clearly intended by the person who is being accused and the burden of proving mens rea shall always rest with the accuser. Any Georgia State University student, faculty or staff member may file a complaint subject to the restrictions enumerated above. Complaints and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Elections Commission.

President Serves as the official representative of the student body in university matters and oversees the six executive vice presidents.
Executive Vice President Administer and coordinate the duties of the speaker of the senate, communications director and finance director in accordance with the SGA Constitution and Bylaws and the president’s requests.
Speaker of the Senate Serves as the speaker of the senate, votes in cases of a tie in the senate and serves as a voting member of the Executive Committee
Finance Director
Not an elected position, but appointed by each campuses' executive vice president
Serves as the chair of Student Government Association's Budget and Finance Committee and as a voting member of the Executive Committee
Communications Director
Not an elected position, but appointed by each campuses' executive vice president
Serves as the chair of Student Government Association's Public Relations Committee and as a voting member of the Executive Committee

Senators are voting members of the senate and make up the legislative branch of SGA. Senators serve on various University Senate and SGA Committees. Senators represent the following colleges and schools at Georgia State University:

  • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (1 Undergraduate, 1 Graduate)
  • Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions (1 Undergraduate, 1 Graduate)
  • College of the Arts (1 Undergraduate, 1 Graduate)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (11 Undergraduate, 2 Graduate)
  • College of Education and Human Development (1 Undergraduate, 1 Graduate)
  • College of Law (2 Graduate)
  • J. Mack Robinson College of Business (5 Undergraduate, 1 Graduate)
  • Perimeter College (6 per campus, but only 15 total are appointed to serve on the University-wide Senate)
  • School of Public Health (1 Undergraduate, 1 Graduate)

Once elected as a senator from an academic college, Atlanta campus senators are nominated from within the senate and elected to chair each of the following committees.

Academic Affairs Committee responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to, faculty and course evaluations, degree program requirements and curriculum, academic standards, testing methods, academic advising and course selection, student access and success, student support services, academic policies and honor codes, University Libraries, Enrollment Services and other academic programs, services and policies offered through the Division of Academic Affairs and Provost.
Student Life Committee responsibilities shall include but are not limited to, residence life and housing, Student Media, Student Involvement, development, advising, student discipline, student health and wellness, students’ rights and civil liberties and any other student programs, services and policies offered through the Division of Student Affairs.
Student Services Committee responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to, Student Center, parking and transportation services, University Information Technology, University Public Safety and Campus Police, Campus Services, budget and planning, plant operations and facilities, and any other administrative programs, services and policies offered through the Division of Administration and Finance.

 

Perimeter campus senators (six per campus) are appointed by their respective executive vice presidents to chair one of the following committees:

Academic Affairs Work to build positive relationships with Academic Affairs faculty and staff. Educate and build student awareness about academic policies and procedures.
Government Affairs Coordinate voter registration drives fall, spring and summer semesters. Educate and inform students on internal and external government issues relative to students. Build awareness about governmental processes that affect student accessibility to higher education.
Spirit Coordinate opportunities for students to build school spirit and campus unity.
Student Clubs Coordinate and preside over the Inter-Club Council (ICC) for SGA recognized student organizations. Coordinate and host council meetings with clubs and organizations. Promote student success by providing opportunities for clubs and organizations to share event calendars. Provide pertinent information to clubs and organizations. Represent the interest of clubs and organizations to the senate. Track club and organization events and attendance. Serve as a referral agent to clubs and organizations. Assist in the charter and renewal process of clubs and organizations.
Student Relations Foster student success by implementing goals to resolve student concerns on campus. Construct, write and present resolutions of support for SGA initiatives. Create, administer and compile student satisfaction surveys. Host campus forums to probe and address student concerns. Work to foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff and administration.
Student Services Promote teamwork by building positive relationships between student services administrators, students and staff. Educate and build student awareness about student services policies and procedures.

For elections information, issues or concerns, please contact the Student Government Association office at 404-413-1600.

The Election Commission exists to supervise and regulate the SGA elections in accordance with the SGA Constitution. There is a University-Wide Election Commission, made up of the Election Commission Chairs from each campus, that oversees the presidential election. The Atlanta Campus Election Commission oversees the elections specific to the Atlanta Campus. Commissioners receive a stipend for their work to promote and supervise SGA elections. Atlanta campus students can apply online through OrgSync to be considered for a position. Applications are due Friday, November 18 at 5:15 p.m.

The current SGA Communications Director of each of the Perimeter campuses serves as an election commission chair for their respective campus.

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