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Candidate Filing

Candidate Filing is how the Commission determines the eligibility of people who want to run for office, and how candidates formally declare their intent to run.

Candidates must file with the Commission and must be certified by the Commission before they begin any campaign activities.

A list of positions available for election with eligibility requirements is provided on this page.

Positions Available for Election

Candidate Position Information

Candidate-specific Dates & Deadlines

Candidate-specific Dates & Deadlines

Campaigning

Campaigning is a central part to all-campus elections; the campus needs to know who candidates are and what their platform is.

The Commission has regulations on campaigning to ensure an open, fair, and professional election. To help educate candidates and their campaigning groups, the Commission has an online information session for candidates and campaigning groups. The Commission and the community expect candidates and campaign groups complete this information session before campaigning.

Link to Online Campaign Info Session Coming Soon!

Our number one request with campaigning activities: Keep it Professional, Keep it Positive.

Campaigning Groups

No one goes does it alone. Candidates often have groups of people who campaign on their behalf. There are different possibilities for these Campaigning Groups. It is up to the candidate to determine how they want to form and manage their respective Campaigning Groups.

Important things to know:

    • Candidates must approve of any and all Campaigning Groups before those groups can begin campaigning for the respective candidate.
    • Candidates are held accountable and responsible for the actions of their Campaigning Groups.
    • Campaigning Groups may also be held accountable and responsible for the actions of their respective members.
    • Referendum Sponsors are the "Campaigning Groups" for Commission-approved referenda.

There are two ways for Candidates to create a Campaigning Group:

Create a Registered Student Group to Campaign for You

Candidates have the option of formally registering their Campaigning Group as a student group with Student Unions and Activities. The candidate must be an officer of the Campaigning Group. Please refer to SUA’s website regarding new group registration for more details.

Have a Collective of People Campaign for You

Certainly the less formal method but grassroots nonetheless, candidates may have a collection of people that aren’t a registered student group campaign for them. The candidate must approve of each individual in this collective before any of them campaign, and is still held responsible and accountable for the actions of their collective.

Endorsements

An endorsement is a public declaration of support for a candidate or referendum. Depending on the organization, candidates and referendum sponsors may seek endorsements from individuals or registered student groups. Once an endorsement is received and approved, the candidate or referendum sponsor may use the endorsement in campaign materials. The steps to formalizing an endorsement:

  1. Download an Endorsement Form.
  2. If you are seeking the endorsement of a registered student group, you must get the names and signatures of two group officers who are not the candidate. If you are seeking the endorsement of individuals, you must get the names and signatures of those individuals. Endorsers are subject to the Election Rules.
  3. Once you have the signatures, upload the signed Endorsement Form here.

Financial Statements

Throughout the elections process, candidates must keep track of all campaign expenditures and revenue-sources (from the candidate and from all campaigning groups on behalf of the candidate) in a ledger supplied by the Commission. Within three (3) business days after voting ends, all candidates must submit their ACEC-supplied ledger to the Commission via the financial statement form . The Commission may ask for all receipts for expenditures and revenue-sources from Candidates.

  • Candidates running on a dual-person ticket (e.g., President / Vice-President) are limited to $1000 in total expenses for the ticket.
  • Candidates running on a single-person ticket are limited to $500 in total expenses.

Exceeding these limits or failing to submit the financial statement may result in a candidate's disqualification from the election and ineligibility to assume office.

Write-in Candidates

Write in options may be present for any election, and will always be present if the number of candidates for a particular election is less than the number of open seats. Write-in Candidates are subject to the same Campaigning rules as Candidates who file with the Commission. Write-in candidates must also satisfy the eligibility requirements as determined by the organization utilizing ACEC.

In order for write-in votes to be valid, the voter must include the full name and the full Internet ID of the write-in candidate.

Example: Any O. Candidate (candi000@umn.edu)