This election season, talk to your candidates // The Observer
The campaign period for the election of Student Body President and Vice President is now underway. Two tickets received the required number of signatures to become official candidates. These tickets, listed alphabetically by the presidential candidate’s last name, are:
Patrick Lee (Chair) | Sofia Stitt (vice-president)
Sierra Stinson (Chair) | Dane Sherman (vice-president)
The Judiciary Council, Election Committee, and Candidates have worked hard to give you, the student body, the opportunity to interact with tickets and make an informed decision on Election Day: Wednesday, February 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Based on the tremendous support you have given to these candidates by signing petitions, we are fully confident that this election cycle will generate significant dialogue and participation.
To that end, we encourage you to follow campaign social media accounts, visit campaign websites, read physical campaign materials, and discuss the election with your friends. Additionally, the Judicial Council will host a debate between the student body president and vice president on Monday, January 31 at 8 p.m. at the Midfield Commons at the Duncan Student Center. We hope you can attend to hear first-hand the candidates seeking your vote and to understand the differences between them. Additionally, to ensure that the questions asked in this debate address the topics that matter most to you, we invite you to submit your questions via this form.
We realize that being a Notre Dame student is a busy role, and with clubs, jobs, research, and other extracurricular activities piled on top of classes, you may need some motivation. to tune in to this year’s student body elections. The student body president and vice president have more of an impact on your life at Notre Dame than you might think. They vote on allocating $190 of your tuition per year to various student activities; they influence the amount of resources available to fund your clubs, halls of residence, and other organizations; they represent the student body to university administration and the Notre Dame Police Department; and they directly advise Fr. Olinger and the Division of Student Affairs on student life policies. All of these responsibilities are entrusted to your elected leaders, with the understanding that they represent your views: the student body. Your participation in this election ensures that this ideal becomes a reality.
Last year, the election for student body president and vice president achieved the highest turnout in three years and did not have a single instance of electoral misconduct. Let’s make sure this year’s elections are just as clean and fair. As a reminder, candidates and people working on their campaigns must respect the rules of the Constitutionin particular Article XV, Sections 1 and 2. If you have any questions about the application of these rules, or any other matter relating to the elections, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].
Have a great week and Go Irish,
junior, president of the Judicial Council
second year, vice-president of the Judicial Council for Elections
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