What to expect for the 2015 GUSA Executive Election
Tonight in the ICC, the GUSA Election Commission of Pavan Rajgopal (SFS ’15), Alden Fletcher (SFS ’17), and Grady Willard (SFS ’18) held the first of two mandatory information sessions for any candidate team interested in running in the 2015 GUSA Executive Election. The second meeting will be held Monday Feb. 2.
Although these two meetings do not mark the official beginning of the campaign season, Vox can already smell the freshly printed campaign flyers and feel the tension of the impending mud-slinging.
The Election Commission explained that candidates can only begin their public campaigning, which includes Facebook pages and flyering, during the two-week campaign period from Feb. 5 to Feb. 19. There will be a Vice Presidential debate on Feb. 11 followed by the Presidential debate on Feb. 16.
On Election Day, Feb. 19, voting will be open for a minimum of 24 hours. For those of you who have never experienced a GUSA campaign (or those of you that have selectively chosen to ignore them), the voting system is Instant Run-Off with rankings.
The voting happens in rounds: the candidate with the lowest total at the end of each round is eliminated, and their votes are redistributed to the next best preference still left in the election. Sometimes, that next best option happens to be a sandwich.
After fleshing through the election timeline and voting procedures, the Election Commission clarified a few important policies regarding flyering and door-knocking, everyone’s absolute favorite part of GUSA campaigns.
The Election Commission first clarified the Office of Residential Living’s rules for door knocking. It is prohibited during quiet hours, and there can be no more than two people knocking door-to-door per campaign. Students must also be wearing identification such as a button, sticker, or T-shirt that clearly indicates which campaign they are on.
Candidates are not allowed to put flyers on peoples doors—or sneakily slip them under the door. They can only be posted after gaining consent from the resident. Vox also learned that she can also avoid campaigning altogether simply by putting a “no solicitation” sign on her door.
As candidates prepare for full mobilization, begin to brace yourself for an intense few weeks as campus turns into an episode of House of Cards as Georgetown strives to find a worthy student body president. Stay tuned with Vox for future candidate profiles and election updates in this season of GUSA Executive Elections.
Photo: Marisa Hawley/The Georgetown Voice