Welcome to the info page for UCSB’s Winter 2021 Special Election!
Declaration forms can be submitted starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 8pm
Winter 2021 election dates are Week 2 of Winter quarter – Monday, January 11, 2021 to Thursday, January 14, 2021. The only vacant position is the President. This position is for the current school year – your term begins immediately if duly elected.
As UCSB’s top student leader, the President serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Associated Students. The President also serves as a representative of the student body to both the university and the entire UC system as part of the systemwide Office of the President (UCOP).
If you’re interested in running to be this year’s President, please review the two graphics below to learn how to declare your candidacy online!
Graphic #1: Learn about 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, December 2, 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 12/3/20 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 of Candidacy starts Wed 11/18/20
Declaration Form Due: Wed 12/2/20 @11:59pm (Week 9 of Fall quarter)
Candidate Meeting on Zoom: Thurs 12/3/20 @4pm on Zoom (Week 9 of Fall quarter)
Candidate Statement Due* Sun 1/3/21 @8pm
Virtual Campaigning Begins**: Sun 1/3/21 @8pm
Candidate Forums: TBA
Voting Period: Mon 1/11/21 @8am to Thurs 1/14/21 @4pm
Results: Thurs 1/14/21 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.
* 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 run for President 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 Winter Special Election can be sent 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 President that are NOT elections-related can be sent to the ASOP Chief of Staff at email@example.com.