Election Rules

  1. All candidates for SGA elections are to act in accordance with the SGA Constitution and By-Laws.
  2. In order to be eligible to be a candidate for an office, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing. Grades will be subject to review at Mid-term and at the end of each semester. If grades or good standing status changes, the Executive Cabinet will review the officer’s status; be a PC student currently enrolled full-time.; have attended PC as a full-time student, studying and living on campus, for at least two (2) full academic semesters; and be studying on campus while PC is in regular session (fall and spring semesters) until the end of the current calendar year.
  3. No candidate shall be allowed to serve simultaneously in any of the following offices: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Honor Council Chairperson, SUB President, MSU President or Class President.
  4. Timing of Elections
    • Elections for Executive officer and upperclass officer positions will be held in the spring semester, at least three weeks prior to final exam week.
    • Executive elections will be held the week before Student Legislature elections to allow any candidates who do not win their elections to apply for a Student Legislature position.
    • Freshman Elections will be held in the fall semester, at least three weeks into the term and prior to October 1.
    • Freshman elections to Committees will occur the following week so that any candidates who do not win their elections can apply.
  5. Candidates for election will nominate themselves via email to the SGA President within the stated timeframe as set up by the Executive Cabinet.
  6. Candidates will make speeches at the Student Legislature meeting preceding the election.
  7. Each candidate is permitted to Campaign for his or her election within the following guidelines.
    • Candidates are permitted to have assistance in their campaign effort, but a candidate may not solicit through mail, email, phone, or any other means of telecommunication (social media is an exception to this rule). A candidate may not libel or slander another candidate.
    • No candidate or candidate’s representatives may campaign inside/outside of the voting area in Springs and GDH on election day within fifty feet of the building.
    • No table tents, microphones, public announcements or group cheers may be used on behalf of any candidate in any building on campus.
    • Only flyers, handbills, stickers, or buttons may be passed out by candidates. No gift items may be given away by candidates or candidate’s representatives (this includes, but is not limited to, pencils/pens, t-shirts, koozies, food items, etc.)
    • Sidewalk chalk is not permitted on steps, buildings, or anywhere where it cannot be washed off by rain. Sidewalk chalk may not be used under awnings.
    • Posters may be affixed to the outside of all sign approved buildings but not on the inside of any building (except residence halls). No banners larger than standard poster board sixze may be hung from any building. No posters may hang on glass or trees or posted on light posts. They must be affixed with appropriate adhesive that will not damage walls.
    • All candidates are responsible for removing all campaign materials and signs within 48 hours of the completion of the election.
    • Sidewalk chalk and campaign signs are not permitted on, inside, or near Belk Auditorium, Edmunds Hall, Smith Administration building or the front of Neville Hall.
    • Any materials aside from aforementioned must be approved by the Senior Class president.
    • If a candidate or a candidate’s representative breaks a rule related to campaigning, the result may be as follows (with the SGA President, Senior Class President, and the Honor Council Chairperson determining whether it’s a violation, and if so, what the penalties will be):
      • First offense: Warning
      • Second offense: Penalized with fine of $50.
      • Third offense: Removal from ability to run for office.
    • Elections will utilize ballot boxes. Students must show PC ID in order to qualify to vote. Rights reserved to conduct electronic voting should Executive Cabinet determine the process and approve.
    • In each election, a candidate will be declared a winner with a majority vote (50% +1). In the event that one person does not receive a majority vote in a race with more than two persons, there will be run-off elections for the top two persons with the largest plurality vote.
    • Candidates will be notified of the results of the election the same day. If there should be a run-off, the candidates in the run-off will be notified of the results that day.
    • During the term of the Executive Cabinet or until the Constitution may be amended, the candidates in SGA elections will be given the right to know the results of their election upon request.