Elections

What are RUSA elections?

RUSA elections are the time for the student body of Rutgers University to vote in the next members of the student government assembly. These are the people that are going to represent you when talking to administration about policies to better your experience here at Rutgers, so take them seriously and really get to know the candidates!

 

When are RUSA elections held?

There are 2 elections every school year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Fall elections are typically smaller and fill non-executive board (Eboard) seats such as class reps and at-large campus reps. In the Spring, however, that is when every Eboard seat is up for grabs. That means a new President, Vice President, Treasurer, and much more will be open. 

 

What is the difference between normal elections and internal elections?

A normal election has its votes come from you, the student body of Rutgers. The positions the school votes for are those mentioned above. Internal elections are elections for Executive Board positions that only the RUSA body votes for. These positions are seats such as parliamentarian and all of the committee chair positions.

 

How can you stay in touch with RUSA elections as a student?

Most election ballots will have their own ways of reaching out to students, be it Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, etc. Either way, you should follow the RUSA Instagram account, @rusa.nb, and the president and vice president accounts, @rutgers_sbp and @rutgers_sbvp to stay up to date on everything RUSA related.

 

Timeline of RUSA elections?

*ALL INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED WHEN AVAILABLE*

 


Learning The Ropes

RUSA Election seasons start with several info sessions held around every campus. The purpose of these sessions is to get new members informed on how RUSA elections work and see if they want to join the assembly. At info sessions typically a student will find someone to help them join a ticket in the election, however, a student can run independently if they so choose. Below is information regarding the info sessions for the Spring 2020 election season. Info will be updated for Fall 2020 once times are confirmed.

Information Sessions

  • The Elections Committee will discuss and answer questions about the timeline, and guidelines of the RUSA Elections. Candidates, upon request, will be provided with RUSA’s Elections Guidelines. It is strongly advised that students seeking candidacy attend. You are free to drop in at any time to receive information. If you cannot make any of the below meeting times, please email us and the Elections Committee can set up a meeting time to go over the process and share the PowerPoint with you.
  • Monday, September 7th, 2020 8:00 PM -9:30 PM via WebEx
  • Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 8:00 PM -9:30 PM via WebEx
  • Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM via WebEx
  • Friday, September 18th, 2020 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM via WebEx

 


Declaring Your Candidacy

After a student wants to join the assembly and run in an election, they must submit their Declaration of Intent (DOI) by a certain date specifying the position they are running for, the ticket they are on if at all, and a statement about your candidacy. Below is the information for the Spring 2020 election season.

DOI Period

  • OPENS: September 7th, 2020 12:00 AM
  • CLOSES: September 21st, 2020 12:00 AM

 


Getting The Word Out!

The main and most exciting part of the RUSA elections season is the campaigning and election period itself. During this time you and your ticket will create flyers and go around the campuses to put them up and hand them out, and use social media and work of mouth to spread the word to vote for you. Then once the election period starts, you will have typically a 2 day span to get as many votes as possible. Once the voting period ends, the results will be released by the elections committee. 

Campaigning Period

  • OPENS: September 7th, 2020 12:00 AM
  • CLOSES: October 1st, 2020 12:00 AM
  • During this period, candidates are encouraged to actively campaign and solicit support. See the Elections Code for specific rules governing campaigning and solicitation of votes.

Elections Period

  • OPEN: September 28th, 2020 12:00 AM
  • CLOSES: October 1st, 2020 12:00 AM
  • During this period, eligible students of Rutgers University may actively vote for candidates in the elections. This period may be extended by the Elections Committee in accordance with the Elections Code. An official notice will be sent to all candidates and the student body of the open and close time of the Ballots.

Announcement of Preliminary Results

  • Preliminary results will be announced within 24 hours of the conclusion of the Elections.
  • The deadline for certifying the results will be 10 days after the announcement of the results unless certification is delayed under the order of the Elections Appeals Committee.

 


Keep Track of Your Spending

A very important thing to remember during an election season is budgets. If any money is spent to aid in the election for a ticket, that ticket must record every cent spent and submit it to the elections committee after the election period. Failure to do so or do so incorrectly could result in immediate disqualification. 

Budget Deadlines

  • The preliminary budget report deadline is April 4th, 2020 at 10:00 PM. The final budget report deadline is April 15th, 2020 at 12:00 PM. The budget reports may be filed up to a week in advance. A sample budget will be provided on the RUSA website.

 


Did Someone Violate The Elections Code? Appeal It!

If there are any issues from the results of the elections, or complaints during any portion of the election season, an individual may write up and submit an appeal. An appeal is an official complaint explaining wrongdoings or misdemeanors committed by an individual or entire ticket in an election season. Depending on the severity of the appeal, and if the elections committee rules in favor of the writer of the appeal, an individual or ticket may be disqualified from the election. However, appeals are not some loophole to dig up dirt on an opponent in the hopes to disqualify them. They are not a spiteful weapon. Appeals are a formal and serious complaint that the elections code was violated. In life, we all take losses and we have to live them and learn from them. Do NOT write appeals lightly, it will only cause you and the appellee more stress than is needed. 

Appeals Submission Deadline

  • October 3rd, 2020 11:59 PM
  • Appeals may be submitted at any time until the above deadline, consistent with the rules and regulations of the Elections Code. Pursuant to the Elections Code, on issues concerning budgetary reports, appeals by the Elections Committee may be pursued up to two days after the budget deadline.

 


Moving Into a New Assembly

The State of the Assembly and Swearing-in Ceremony is the official start of the newly elected assembly in the Spring. In the fall, only a Swearing-in ceremony occurs. During this meeting, every newly elected member is sworn in and the new president will make a speech to the assembly to kick off the new RUSA year. Following this, the next week will have the first official meeting where internal elections will begin if the election was in the spring. Internal elections are described above.

Swearing-In Ceremony

  • Thursday, October 8th, 2020 

First Official Meeting of the New Assembly

  • Thursday, October 15th, 2020 7:30 PM, Student Activities Center
  • The first meeting of the newly-sworn Assembly will take place on the above date. 

Useful Link Master List for Fall 2020 Elections

 

Elections Slide Deck:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rEr9V-hvQPv7FwFoJyvlru7bZMtb5kLSEJw8H5Ftn9c/edit?usp=sharing 

 

Sample Budget Report:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DCYdTZT0hiMCkl7k5g3mfvNEoQUfAmSLbQAOX0qfCBg/edit?usp=sharing

 

Temporary Resolutions and Election Code:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lpe2WuVcdcgc8snGPh8gBfbelqCykJeN?usp=sharing 

 

DoI:

https://rutgers.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/434657 

 

Available Positions for Fall 2020 Elections:

 

Douglass:

(5) At Large Reps

(1) Class of 2024 Rep

Cook:

(6) At Large Reps

(1) Class of 2024 Rep

Livingston:

(5) At Large Reps

(1) Class of 2024 Rep

Busch:

(5) At Large Reps

(1) Class of 2024 Rep

College Avenue:

(5) At Large Reps

(1) Class of 2024 Rep

Off Campus:

(9) At Large Reps