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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to be a candidate?
After deciding what position(s) you want to run for, you can submit an elections packet online after they are released. You also have to complete a signature sheet, which you can download at the end of the elections packet form, by gathering a certain number of signatures from your constituency supporting your candidacy. Once we receive a completed elections packet and signature sheet, we will do a judicial check. If everything checks out okay, you will receive an email confirming your candidacy.


May apply for two different positions? 
Yes, but you may only be elected to one of the positions. To run for both, you will need to fill out two election packets and give two different platform speeches. In the end, if you are elected to both positions, you will have to choose to step down from one. 


If I am running for two positions can the same person sign both forms?
It is highly suggested that you do not have the same people sign both sheets. The constituents for one position are often not the same as the ones for another position.


What are platform presentations?
During campaigning period, we host an event one night where all the candidates can present themselves and their candidates to the student body. The student body student body will also get a chance to ask any questions to the candidates. More information will be sent to you about this event once your candidacy has been confirmed. 


Can I do a powerpoint for my platform presentation?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate powerpoint presentations at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience. 


Do I have to dress up for my platform presentation?
No, you don't have to, but you may if you want.


Who votes?
The entire study body has the opportunity to vote, but each student can only vote in the elections of positions that they are a part of the constituency for. For example, only a student in the School of Business can vote in the School of Business Senator elections. The only positions which all students are allowed to vote in are SGA Executive Board and Senators at Large. 


Where is the Student Activities Center?
The Student Activities Center is located on the third floor of Egbert Hall or what many still consider to be a part of Campus Center. If you take the stairs located next to the Campus Center Dining Hall to the third floor, the SAC is located to the left just after the double doors at the stop of the stairs. You can ask the Student Leadership Consultant (SLC) currently working on the desk to point you to the Student Government Association office. If no one is currently in the office and you are dropping off your complete signature sheet, please hand it to the SLC.


If your questions remain unanswered please email sgabusiness@ithaca.edu.