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First-Year Elections

Each fall, the University of Texas at Austin Student Government hosts first-year elections. These elections offer first-year students a unique opportunity to learn about the Forty Acres and advocate for their fellow first-year students to the Board of Regents, Texas Legislature, and University Administration.

Two (2) representatives are elected from the incoming class of undergraduate first-year students (including first-year freshmen and undergraduate transfer students to the University as so defined by the Office of the Registrar). These representatives serve one-year terms in the Student Government Assembly.

To file, please refer to the "How to File" section of this website.  A quick reference guide of the Student Government Constitution and rules pertaining to the first-year elections is provided below.  If you have any questions regarding the first-year elections, please contact the Student Government Supreme Court at sgsc@utlists.utexas.edu.

FIRST-YEAR ELECTIONS RULES SUMMARY FROM THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIP AND STRUCTURE

1.3  All students not on scholastic or disciplinary probation, as so recorded by the Office of the Registrar, shall be eligible to campaign for and hold elective office within Student Government.

1.5  A student must be registered as a fulltime student, as so defined by the Office of the Registrar, in order to file for and campaign for elective office within Student Government, unless the student is a current officeholder who is granted exception by this Constitution.

1.6  In order to hold an elective office within Student Government, each student must maintain his or her full-time status, unless the officeholder is a graduating student who need only take the courses necessary for graduation, or unless exception is granted in this Constitution.

ARTICLE IV: THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

4.2  The legislative branch shall be comprised of the Student Government Assembly which shall be made up of college and school, Transfer, University- wide, at-large graduate, and first-year representatives.

4.17 Two (2) representatives shall be elected from the incoming class of undergraduate first-year students (including first-year freshmen and undergraduate transfer students to the University as so defined by the Office of the Registrar) and serve one year terms in the Assembly.

ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS

6.3  Elections for the two (2) Representatives from the incoming class of first-year students shall be held on one (1) weekday during the third full week of September.

6.4  Filing shall begin the day before the first full day of classes of the fall semester and last for three (3) full weeks.

6.5  Campaigning shall begin the day after the filing deadline and last for one (1) full week. All campaign regulations shall be determined by the election code of the Student Government.

6.6  The Supreme Court shall oversee the elections of the First-year representatives.

6.8  First-year students may cast one (1) vote for each First-year Representative elected from the 14 of 19 incoming class of undergraduate and graduate first-year students.

6.9  The candidate or candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the Assembly seat or seats available shall be certified in the respective position.

6.12  In the instance that the top candidates receive a tie vote, a runoff election will occur.

6.13  The candidate(s) receiving the highest number of votes in the runoff shall be certified in the position.

ARTICLE VII:  REMOVAL

7.1  Officers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches may be impeached and removed from office for a material failure to fulfill the duties and responsibilities mandated in this Constitution.


2016 First-Year Elections


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