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Elect@CMU| Carnegie Mellon's student voting application

Spring 2020 General Election voting has closed!
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Official Rules and Petitions

Below you will find an abbreviated copy of the official rules for the Spring 2020 General Election.

For a complete list of rules, visit the downloads section of this page or contact the elections board.
  • To be eligible to run in the 2020 elections, you must create a petition via the online petition form, which will be available starting on 12:00 AM on Wednesday, February 19.
  • You will be notified via e-mail regarding the status of your petition within 2 business days of completion.
  • No petitions will be accepted after 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 3.
  • There will be an optional information session for all candidates running for Student Government Executive Office on Wednesday, Feb 26 at 4:30-5:30 PM in WEH 5310 (tentative).
  • There will be a mandatory rules meeting March 4 at 7:00pm in Simmons A Auditorium Tepper for all candidates running for Student Government Executive Office.

Candidate Eligibility Requirements

Running for Senate

  • You must be a member (or pending transfer) of the college you intend to represent in the Undergraduate Student Senate.
  • To be listed on the election ballot for Student Senate, you must submit a petition with at least 25 signatures from undergraduate members of your college who are enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Note that SHS/BXA count as one school, and students from those colleges cannot sign petitions for students in DC, CFA, CS or MCS.
  • The random alphanumeric used for breaking ties in Senate elections is: xy5291zrotni376jh8fdb0gp4leqcuwaskvm

Running for Executive Office

Student Body President, Vice President for Finance, and Vice President for Organizations

  • To be listed on the election ballot for one of these positions, you must submit a petition with at least 100 signatures from graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in a degree seeking program for the 2020 Spring Semester.


  • You may begin campaigning at any time
  • Negative campaigning is highly discouraged
  • Any slanderous or libelous campaigning is subject to relevant state statutes and University Disciplinary Committee proceedings.
  • Please refer to the Graffiti and Poster Policy as it relates to postering, chalking, etc. on campus
  • Please refer to the Residence Hall Poster Distribution in order to poster in the Residential and Greek Houses


Elections Timeline

date event
February 19 at 12:00am Petitions Open
Wednesday Feb 26th at 4:30 pm in WEH 5310(tentative) Candidate Info Session
March 3 at 6:00pm Petition Deadline
March 4 at 7:00pm in Simmons A Auditorium Tepper Candidate Rules Meeting
March 29 at 11:59pm Platform Deadline
See Below Tartan Debates
April 13 at 9:00am Elections Begin
April 15 at 6:00pm Elections End
April 29 at 8:59pm Ratification Meeting

Tartan Debates Schedule

Will be conducted on TBD (could possibly move depending on room confirmation/availability of candidates).
More details will be announced soon.

Contact the Elections Board

The easiest way to contact the elections board is via our dlist: elections-board@lists.andrew.cmu.edu

Alternatively, you can compose a written letter and place it in our mailbox (Mailbox #37) in the UC