Policy Board Update

Spring 2016

Student Council


Voting Procedures (general). All Student Council positions will be elected through the Alternative Voting as follows:

  • If a candidate has a majority of first place votes, that candidate is elected

  • If there is no majority winner outright, then the candidate that received the least amount of first place votes is eliminated

  • If your first choice candidate is eliminated, your vote will automatically be given to your second choice candidate

  • Candidates are eliminated until one person has a majority of votes

Voting Procedures (details)

  • No run-offs and no write-ins will be allowed.

  • Students will vote electronically at OES on dates designated by Student Council.

  • Students absent on election day may request an absentee ballot from a designated Student Council Faculty Advisor. Absentee ballots will be released on the day of the election. Absentee ballots must be requested by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the election, and must be submitted by 2:00 p.m the same day.

  • Each candidate may request his/her own results. Otherwise, election results will not be released or published.

Mission Representatives. Candidates for the Mission Representative positions will be required to:

  • Produce a written statement of 250 words or less, OR produce and publish an oral statement of 2 minutes or less; candidate statements (written or oral) will be published in an online discussion forum as organized by Student Council

  • Participate in an online discussion forum as organized by Student Council (participation means, at a minimum, publishing candidate statement on this forum)

  • Participate in an informational meeting as organized by Student Council (or an alternative forum if the candidate has an excused absence)

Grade and Dorm Reps. Candidates for the Grade-Level and Dorm Representative positions will be required to:

  • Produce and publish a written statement of 250 words or less

  • Deliver a speech of 2 minutes or shorter to their respective constituents (classmates or dorm students)

  • Participate in an online discussion forum as organized by Student Council (participation means, at a minimum, publishing candidate statement on this forum)

President. Candidates for the position of Student Body President will be required to do the following:

  • Produce and publish a written statement of 250 words or less (Constitutional requirement)

  • Make a speech to the Upper School student body (Constitutional requirement)

  • Participate in a public debate with other candidates (Constitutional requirement)

Campaigning Rules

  • No campaign materials allowed for non-presidential candidates

  • For presidential candidates:

    • Campaigning may begin on May 16, 2016

    • All campaigning material needs to be approved by Bettina, Deb W., Jordan, or Deri

    • Unapproved campaign materials will be removed and may jeopardize a candidate’s participation in the election

    • Approved campaign posters are limited to:

      • 20 small posters (8.5 x 11)

      • 1 large poster (not larger than 3’x2’)

      • All content needs to be appropriate for all ages

    • Campaign materials are not all allowed in bathroom stalls or the dining hall

    • Campaigning may not include freebies and giveaways

    • Candidates are responsible for all of their campaign material (be sure your campaigning friends know about the poster limits)

    • Posters must be promptly taken down after elections on May 27, 2016

9 thoughts on “Policy Board Update

  1. I have to admit, this new set of election policies is really well done. Huge kudos to Policy Board on this one.

  2. It turns out that this is the last year that students that took Discrete Mathematics will be around (primarily seniors now). A significant portion of the studies in that class regarded voting theory – has policy board considered asking their opinion on the voting algorithm selection? I wasn’t personally in that class, but I know that the mathematical analysis they did would be crucial to properly selecting an algorithm.

    Given that (as far as I know) they studied IRV et al. and a number of other algorithms with the precision of mathematics, it might be wise to ask their advice on the matter. At least, that’s my two cents 🙂

    • Also, there was a minor typo above – “…will be elected through the Alternative Voting as follows…” should be “…will be elected through the Alternative Vote as described below…”

      • One last note – this link here (https://www.princeton.edu/~cuff/voting/theory.html) or something along those lines is something I think everyone – maybe even StuCo too? – should read when discussing this issue. It introduces concepts in voting theory that are critical to be familiar with if a coherent conversation about the OES voting system is to be had. Hope this helps!

  3. In fact, if it would help, I’d be happy to write up a tutorial or give a quick rundown on how voting theory works. I honestly do think knowledge of voting theory is a necessary prerequisite to talking about future voting policies. What would you all think of a lunch meeting just briefly explaining how things work?

    • Hi Chandler! This year Policy Board isn’t considering changing the actual voting system, but when voting review happens next year, I’m sure the board will be ready to reassess how our current voting system fits with our student body. Also, know that when we changed the voting system last year, we spent the good majority of the year reviewing voting theory and weighing many of the different systems mentioned in the Princeton article. We’ll keep your comments in mind when we vote next week!

  4. The rules do not state whether a voter has to rank all candidates or can choose to only vote for a first and second choice, for example, and leave subsequent choices blank. Have both options been discussed by policy board because it seems like they would have different outcomes? Having to rank all candidates would be easier to determine a winner, but allowing voters to leave blanks seems more democratic.

  5. Quick Question… To my understanding Community Board, Policy Board, and Disciplinary Committee are Grade Representatives. So what are Mission Representatives?

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