Information for Candidates

Candidate Filing

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

Candidates must file with and be certified by the Campus Elections Team 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

Positions Available for Election Information

Campaign Information Sessions

These campaign information sessions are required for all candidates, and go over rules, financial information, and the complaint process. See the Campus Elections Timeline above for dates and times.

There is an online session available below. You must fill out the Online Campaign Info Session Verification Form in order to receive credit for watching the online session.

The in person campaign information sessions have already happened.

To receive credit for completing the Online Campaign Information session candidates must do the following:


Campaigning

Campaigning is a central part to all-campus elections; the campus needs to know who candidates are and what their platform is. Campus Elections has regulations on campaigning to ensure an open, fair, and professional election. To better understand the campaigning process and guidelines all candidates are expected to know the 2019-20 Election Rules and are required to attend a campaign information session (see above).

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

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 Campus Elections Team. Within three (3) business days after voting ends, all candidates must submit this ledger to The Campus Elections Team via the financial statement form. The Campus Elections Team 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 $500 in total expenses for the ticket.
  • Candidates running on a single-person ticket are limited to $300 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.

Financial Statement submission forms and processes will be released after Candidate Filing.

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 Campus Elections Team. Write-in candidates must also satisfy the eligibility requirements as determined by the organization utilizing Campus Elections.

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)