Policy Board Update

Spring 2016

Student Council

ELECTION RULES

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