Requesting an All-Campus Election
Utilizing the All-Campus Election Commission
Any registered student group, college board, or recognized student government association can facilitate their elections or referenda through the All-Campus Elections Commission. By utilizing the Commission for your elections, you promise to those affected by your group that their voice matters, and that their leadership represents them. By requesting a referendum, you show the opinions of the student body to the campus community.
The Commission ensures open, fair, and professional elections for all students and all members of your organization. The Commission facilitates and promotes all-campus elections from an enthusiastic and neutral standing.
If you have questions about the Commission facilitating your election or referenda, please contact the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
Referenda are statements requested by a registered student group that, if passed through the Election Rules, represent an opinion of the student body. Voters vote either in favor or against a referendum, and the language of the referendum must be formatted to reflect this choice.
Passed referenda are not binding decisions on behalf of the University of Minnesota.
Any registered student group at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities may request that a referendum be placed on the all-campus elections ballot. The Commission uses a request form that gathers the language of the referendum, which group is sponsoring it, and who can vote for or against the referendum.
Referenda Requests must be submitted electronically by January 23.
Steps for Referendum Request
- Complete and submit the Referendum Request Form, linked here.
- The Organizational Liaison Commissioner will reach out to the form submitter to discuss further about the referendum. They will establish a primary contact for your student group. The Commissioner may also have you revise the language of the referendum for clarity. Remember that referenda must be phrased so that voters vote either in favor or against the referendum.
- Once the Commission approves the language of your referendum, the Commission will give you a signature endorsement form. You must collect 400 signatures from currently-enrolled U of M students (name, Internet ID, signature, date) and return them to the Commission before you may begin campaigning.
- Once your group has received confirmation from the Commission, you may begin campaigning . Your referendum may also begin receiving endorsements from other individuals and groups. Your referendum will appear on the ballot.
As the starting point for your election, the Commission uses a voting request form to collect information about how you want to facilitate your election. The request includes information about what positions are available, who your voters are, who is eligible to run in your elections, how votes should be tallied and how ties should be broken, and any additional processes you have for your elections.
Contact the Commission at email@example.com for more details.
Steps for Voting Request
1. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. ACEC will discuss with you what your voting request will look like.
2. The Organizational Liaison Commissioner will reach out to you to schedule a meeting to discuss your voting request and any events the Commission may host in coordination with you.
Please bring to this meeting:
- A copy of your group’s constitution and by-laws
- One member of your organization who can serve as a true-neutral (i.e., not running for election, no perceived or actual conflict of interest) representative to the Commission; this will be your group’s elections representative
- Your group’s membership officer
3. After the meeting, the Commission will set up all the necessary forms and documents for your election. The Organizational Liaison Commissioner will confirm with your group’s membership officer and elections representative.