Elections

Elections

The election results are available for the Atlanta Campus Senate and the Perimeter Campuses.

For Atlanta campus students, let your voice be heard by following these simple steps:

  1. Visit OrgSync
  2. Vote for the Executive Cabinet candidates who you believe best represent Georgia State University and the Atlanta Campus
  3. Click Finish to officially submit your ballot
  4. Log out
  5. Tell your friends to #LetYourVoiceBeHeard!

For Perimeter campus students, vote for the candidates who you believe best represent your campus and Georgia State University.

Contact the Student Government Association with any questions or voting issues at 404-413-1600, electioncommission@gsu.edu or at Student Center West, Suite 450.

The Student Government Association (SGA) Constitution sets forth specific election procedures and guidelines that determine how the election process runs. Article VI., Section 1 of the Constitution describes the candidate qualifications.

Student Government Association Candidate Applications
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. The presidential candidates are listed on the Atlanta campus’ website for each campus to view.

Candidates must meet student leader requirements as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and follow the Election Code available on OrgSync for students on the Atlanta campus and Election Code for students at the Perimeter campuses. Atlanta campus students interested in running for an elected position can find the applications in the Student Government Elections portal of OrgSync, and Perimeter campus students can find applications through SGA. Applications are due February 26 at 5:15 p.m.

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.

 2016 Election Events
Thursday, January 22 SGA Senate Confirms Election Commission Via electronic vote
Monday, February 8 Candidate Applications &
Campaign Guidelines Available
OrgSync – for Atlanta Campus and
Online – for Perimeter Campus Students
Thursday, February 11 Information Session on Running for Election
5 p.m.
Student Center East – Golden Key
Thursday, February 18 Information Session on Running for Election
5 p.m.
Student Center East – Golden Key
Thursday, February 23 Information Session on Running for Election
2 p.m.
Student Center West, 468
Friday, February 26 SGA Candidate Applications Due by 5 p.m. In OrgSync for Atlanta campus
Student Life Offices, Perimeter campuses
 Candidates must attend one of the following election code orientation sessions.
March 3 – 4 Perimeter – Election Code Orientations – TBA Alpharetta – TBA
Clarkston – TBA
Decatur – TBA
Dunwoody – TBA
Newton – TBA
Friday, March 4 Presidential Election Code Orientation – TBA TBA
Wednesday, March 9 Atlanta – Election Code  Orientation- 1:30 p.m. Student Center West. Suite 468
Thursday, March 10 Atlanta – Election Code Orientation 5 p.m. Student Center West, Suite 464
March 21–April 7 Campaigning Dates
Tuesday, March 24 Perimeter Campus Candidates & Debate – TBA Perimeter Campuses
Tuesday, March 29 Presidential Debates – 7:30 p.m. Urban Life Auditorium, Atlanta campus
and streamed to all campuses
Wednesday, March 30 EVP/ Speaker of the Senate Debates – 7:30 p.m. Urban Life Auditorium, Atlanta campus
and streamed to all campuses
Thursday, March 31 Senator Debates – 7:30 pm Urban Life Auditorium, Atlanta campus
and streamed to all campuses
Tuesday, April 5 Online Voting Begins at 12:01 a.m.! In OrgSync for Atlanta Campus and online for Perimeter campuses
April 5 – 7 Election Commission Polling Stations TBA
Thursday, April 7 Online Voting Ends at 11:59 p.m. In OrgSync and online for Perimeter campuses
Friday, April 8 SGA Election Results Announced at 12:30 p.m. Via OrgSync and on this website
April 11-13 Runoff Election Campaigning
April 14 Run-off Election Voting In OrgSync for Atlanta Campus and online for Perimeter campuses
April 15 Run-off Election Results Announced  Via OrgSync and on this website
May 9 Inauguration Student Center East Ballroom, Atlanta campus

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, communication 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. Atlanta campus senators represent the following colleges at Georgia State University:

  • College of Arts and Sciences (13)
  • Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (2)
  • College of Education (3)
  • School of Public Health (2)
  • School of Nursing and Health Professions (2)
  • J. Mack Robinson College of Business (7)
  • College of Law (2)

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 January 19 at 8:30 a.m.

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

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