Welcome to the info page for UCSB’s Fall 2020 Special Election!
Declaration forms can be submitted starting on the first day of instruction, October 1, 2020
Fall 2020 election dates are Week 4 of Fall quarter – Monday, October 26 to Thursday, October 29. The only vacant position is the student advocate general. This position is for the current school year – your term begins immediately if duly elected.
Please review the two graphics below to learn about the SAG position & how to declare your candidacy online!
Graphic #1: Learn about SAG and the eligibility requirements. Most 3rd-5th year students and some 2nd year students qualify. Click the graphic to enlarge.
Graphic #2: Learn how to complete your declaration form online. The deadline to submit the form is Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:59pm. Click the graphic to enlarge.
Next Steps After Declaration
The next step is the Declaration of Candidacy (DoC) meeting on Zoom, scheduled for Thursday 10/15 from 4-5pm. After you have declared, we will send you an email with Zoom meeting registration info. Please let us know if you do not receive the email within 48 hours of your declaration. Remember, you must complete the declaration form first before you will receive a meeting invite.
The DoC meeting is mandatory in order to run. If you are not able to attend due to a work/school conflict you can choose to send a proxy in your place who is capable of taking notes for you.
Declaration Form Due: Wed 10/14 11:59pm
Candidate Meeting: Thurs 10/15 @4pm on Zoom
Candidate Statement Due* Sun 10/18 @7pm (Soft deadline)
Virtual Campaigning Begins**: Sun 10/18 @8pm
Candidate Forums: TBA
Voting Period: Mon 10/26 @8am to Thurs 10/29 @4pm
Results: Thurs 10/29 evening TBA
We will go over all details for the statement, campaigning, and everything else on the schedule during the candidate meeting. See ‘Questions’ section below if you have questions now.
* This deadline for the candidate statement is a soft deadline, which means that candidate statements can still be sent in after. The candidate statement is a short write-up that answers the question “Why should I vote for you?”. You can read examples from a past year [here].
** This election is virtual campaigning only, which means all campaigning must be completed remotely (e.g. social media, Zoom meetings, group chats, texting your friends)
Spring General Election
If you are not eligible for the SAG position and/or decided that you are interested in running for next year’s AS instead, this Spring you can run for a student leadership position for the 2021-22 year (next school year).
In the yearly Spring General Election, all AS elected positions will be open. Candidate registration for the Spring General Election starts in February 2021 and we’ll hold an informational session during that time. If you are interested in that, [fill out this Google Form] to be added to our email list and we’ll make sure to email you mid-February.
Questions about the Fall Special Election can be emailed to the AS Elections Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have multiple questions or a more complex inquiry, you can also schedule a Zoom meeting with us by emailing the same address.
Questions specific to the Office of the Student Advocate (OSA) that are NOT elections-related can be sent to the OSA Chief of Staff at email@example.com.