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Be Part of the Difference

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

SGA Elections 2011

Student Government Candidate Applications will be available starting February 4 at 12:00pm online or at the SGA Office in GC 211.

Applications are due February 18, 2011 at 5:00pm in the SGA Office, GC 211.

For more information contact the Elections Board Commissioner Andrea Alhadari at aalha002@fiu.edu.

Download

President/Vice President Application

Senator Application

SGA Constitutional and Green Energy Fee Referendum

June 28, 2010 2 comments

Tomorrow, the FIU student body will have the opportunity to take part in the SGA Constitutional and Green Energy Fee Referendum. In it students will have a chance to ratify or deny the proposed Constitution as approved the the Senates of the Student Government and the University Wide Council. If the students vote in favor of the new Constitution it will be automatically ratified and implemented as the new SGA Constitution.

Additionally, students will be asked for their input on the prospect of the implementation of a new Green Energy Fee upon the student body. As the name implies the fee’s funds would be used to make FIU a more sustainable university. If the students vote in favor of the new fee, the fee will not be automatically implemented. The referendum’s purpose is to gather the student’s input on the new fee. In order for the fee to be finally implemented, approval from the Florida Legislature and the FIU Board of Trustees is required.

Voting will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm at www.fiu.edu/~sga. Log on and vote!

Documents

Current Constitution

Proposed Constitution

Resolution authorizing the Green Energy Fee Referendum

Mujica v. Student Elections Board: Decision

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

April 2, 2010

Mujica vs. Elections Board

Constitutional Question– did the elections board enact unconstitutional guidelines?

The case heard by the Judicial Branch in regards to grievance filed on March 18th, 2010 constituted the following:

Were the supplemental guidelines enacted by the elections board in violation of individuals’ and organizations’ right to free speech?

“i. Each candidate is only allowed to campaign for him/herself and therefore not  verbally endorse any other candidate during campaign week.

ii. Candidates should notify those campaigning for them that they are not allowed to campaign for more than one candidate simultaneously. This will prohibit someone to wear a specific candidate’s shirt and yet pass out another candidate’s flyer, among other situations”

Court decision

In a 3-0 decision, the court ruled that the elections board did indeed violate individuals’ right to free speech and free assembly as granted under the US constitution. The reasoning of the court was that by restricting a candidate’s endorsement of any other candidates during campaign week, the board’s supplemental guidelines prohibits a student’s innate ability to voice his/her opinions as granted by the first Amendment.  According to section 4, subsection C of the current constitution, “the Supreme Court must negate and remove existing Student Government Statutes, Appropriations, Law, Joint Resolution, Executive Order, and/or Senatorial policy that conflicts with any Federal, state, local law and/or ordinance or University regulation.”

The second clause of the supplemental guidelines is an attempt to prohibit an individual’s right to free assembly.  The guidelines, by threat of sanction, prohibit how volunteers may behave while representing their respective candidates.  Whom deserves to be sanctioned, however, is ambiguous.  Because volunteers are under no jurisdiction of SGA, it seems to follow that candidates would be the ones penalized. The court felt that because those working on a candidate’s campaign are specifically volunteers, it is unsound to sanction candidate’s based on actions over which they have no control.

2010 SGA Election Debates

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

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SGA Elections update

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello all!

Remember that voting will take place tomorrow and Tuesday from 9am to 7pm through Votenet.com. You will need your FIU username and Panther ID to login.

You can vote from your own computer or at one of the polling stations we will have set up in the GC computer lab, in GL and in the West Wing lounge in University Park Towers.

If you liked the limited edition FIU Pride Shirts but couldn’t get one during FIU Pride Day…we have more! The first 1000 people to vote in one of the voting stations will get the limited edition shirt.

Also, Candidate Debates have been rescheduled for tomorrow Monday at 11am in GC 243. Come to see what your future SGA representatives have to say. There will be free pizza on a first come first serve basis!!

Voice your opinion by voting Monday and Tuesday!!

– For more information about the candidates and their platforms:
http://www.fiu.edu/~sga/Elections_platforms.html

– To vote go to one of these links
https://eballot.votenet.com/FloridaInternational/login.cfm

http://fiu.edu/~sga/

In Panther Pride,
Elections Board 2010

Mandatory Candidate Meeting Reminder

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

This is a reminder to all candidates for the Student Elections of 2010. In order to COMPLETE your application, you MUST attend the Candidate Meeting. The meeting will be held March 10th and 11th at 5 o’clock. However, the location is TBA. We will keep you updated with our events page or with a message. Please remember, there are NO EXCEPTIONS.

Good luck to all and May the best panther win!!
Alessa Torres
Elections Board

Elections Informational Meeting

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello everybody,

Just a reminder that the today is the first informative meeting for the 2010 Student Elections. It will be at 5PM in GC 150. For those who do not know where that is, it is the room next the bathrooms that are near Pollo Tropical and Sushi Maki.

Remember this is your opportunity to learn more about the elections process and rules. Please bring any questions that you might have about running and your applications. If you cannot attend today’s meeting, tomorrow will be the second and final meeting at 5PM.

Again, the meeting is not mandatory, yet strongly encouraged. We apologize once again for the mix up.

Please return to the events page to see any updates on the 2010 SGA elections.

Good luck to all!
Christina Flores
Elections Commissioner