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Student Elections

Each spring semester, many different positions open up for campus leadership opportunities. Positions become available in the Graduate Student Assembly, Student Government, Texas Student Media, University Co-op, and the University Unions. These opportunities are fulfilled by students who file to become candidates and participate in the Campus-Wide Elections.

Supervision of the Campus-Wide Elections begins with the Election Supervisory Board. This group is charged with conducting and overseeing the elections, including disputes and grievances. Students have the opportunity to participate on the Election Supervisory Board when applications open mid-fall.

During each fall semester, two first-year students are elected to serve on Student Government via First-Year Elections. These elections offer students a unique opportunity to learn about the UT Austin community and advocate for their fellow first-year students. The Student Government Supreme Court oversees the first-year election process including candidate filing, enforcement of election rules and policies, election disputes, certification of votes and announcement of results.

Get Involved with First-Year Elections

First-Year Elections is an opportunity for first-year students to make connections across campus, serve our fellow longhorns, and engage in productive dialog regarding UT Austin. 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).  Whether you run for an elected position, campaign for someone who does, or share your voice through your vote, the first-year election process is a chance first-year students to exemplify our university tagline and show that what starts here changes the world.

Filing for First-Year Elections will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022 and will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022.  First-year students interested in running for a first-year representative position should visit the "How to File" section of this website and the "Documents and Policies" page to review the Student Government governing documents for eligibility, position responsibilities and for rules pertaining to the first-year elections.

Voting will take place online from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Visit the Voting FAQs page to learn more about voting in the election.

If you have any questions regarding the first-year elections, please contact the Student Government Supreme Court at sgsc@utlists.utexas.edu.