Election Etiquette


Campaign and Voting Rules for ASB Elections

  1. Candidates and their supporters shall use the highest standards of ethics when campaigning and discussing other candidates (SEE ASB OPERATING BYLAWS, ARTICLE I. ASB STANDING CODE OF ETHICS).
  2. Eligibility will be checked for students seeking Associated Student Body Leadership positions.
  3. All campaign materials must be approved by an authorized member of the Election Committee, ASB Advisor, or Dean of Student Affairs Designee. Materials must be stamped with approval for distribution before being posted or handed out. No campaign materials will be approved without the completed expense sheet returned by the deadline. EACH CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR OFFICE MUST TURN IN AN ELECTION EXPENSE REPORT BY THE DEADLINE.
  4. Each poster must be on a stake driven into the ground. Two-sided posters are acceptable.
  5. It is recommended that posters be removed each day by 8:30 p.m. Posters should be covered with plastic wrap, after approval, to prevent possible water damage.
  6. If candidates exceed advertising limits, after warning, all campaign materials will be removed.
  7. There shall be ASB election polling stations on campus with internet connected computers and/or tablets in locations selected by the Election Chair, which are solely dedicated to voting during the hours indicated and posted. Candidates or their supporters may not campaign within 50 feet of the Electronic Election Booths on the LAC or PCC campuses.
  8. No support may be solicited for candidates or special issues from the faculty, staff, administration, or non-student employees of the college.  This does not prohibit asking permission to speak in front of a class.   
  9. No campaigning within 50 feet of any designated computer lab or facility on the LAC or PCC campuses. Personal computers may be used by students to vote.  No candidate or issue-driven campaign material shall be posted in any campus computer lab; nor shall any campaigning activity block student access to computers normally accessible to students in any way.
  10. Candidates may speak to campus clubs and/or organizations immediately after mandatory candidate meeting or appointment by the Election Committee and submission of the campaign expense sheet. No campaigning is allowed in classrooms except with permission of the instructor. Campaign materials may not be posted in any classroom. (No campaigning is allowed in the cafeteria.)
  11. No campaigning or campaign literature shall be permitted on the shuttle bus or within the specified polling areas, off campus, neither on the KLBC/KCTY radio stations nor the campus-sponsored television station by individual candidates for personal campaigning.
  12. No campaign materials may be exhibited before the expense sheets have been turned in and approved by designated Student Life staff members.
  13. Any item not covered on the report of election advertising expenses must be explained in detail to the Election Committee chair. Price will be established according to fair market value. Receipts for all items are mandatory and must be attached to the report of election advertising expenses.
  14. Donations count the same as if you had purchased the items yourself at retail cost and must be listed.
  15. In the event of a run-off election, a maximum of $25, in addition to the $100 stipulated on the Report of Election Advertising Expenses, may be used at your discretion. (Run-off costs must be reported to the Election Committee Chair.) Receipts for all items are mandatory and must be attached to the report of election advertising expenses.
  16. Infractions of advertising and campaign rules may result in the following:?- Immediate removal of all campaign and advertising materials?- Disqualification of the candidate by the Election Committee
  17. Do not harass or “push” students to vote.
  18. Any problems or protests must be filed with the Election Committee chair immediately, not after the polls close.
  19. It is the candidate’s responsibility to take down posters the night of election, especially if there is a “run-off” and you want to reuse them the next day.
  20. A candidate must win by simple majority (the most votes cast).
  21. For write-in candidates, provide the name of the write-in candidate on the line provided on the ballot needs a minimum of 50 votes to qualify as an elected winner. A write-in candidate needs a minimum of 50 votes to qualify as an election winner.
  22. The candidates agree, if elected, to be available for mandatory ASB Retreats and other training activities. (Dates TBA)
  23. Candidates will only post campaigning materials in the designated Student Life areas located on the LAC and PCC campuses.
  24. No dual or ticket campaigning. Candidates may collaborated to keep monetary cost to a minimum (i.e. sharing costs for campaign materials and products.)

How to Run an Effective Campaign

Serving in an elective office is a high honor and a position of trust.  Any elective position has important responsibilities which should be treated with respect and taken seriously.  I commend each of you for your desire to serve.

Winning an election is the result of hard work, good planning and, usually, a little luck.  The way you conduct your campaign will have lasting effects on you win or lose.

Here are my tips for conducting and effective – hopefully successful – campaign of which you can be proud, win or lose.

  1. Be memorable – have a good slogan.
  2. Be visible – stand out, get noticed.
  3. Be the leader of a good team – you cannot do this alone.
  4. Be there early – don’t let a minute go to waste!
  5. Be there late – keep working until voting is done!
  6. Be direct – ASK FOR PEOPLE’S VOTE!
  7. Be serious – stand for something; have a platform.
  8. Be brief – people can only remember a few things!
  9. Be respectful – keep to the high road – always!
  10. Be true to you – Have integrity – win or lose.