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Elect@CMU| Carnegie Mellon's student voting application

Spring 2017 Special Undergraduate Senate 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 2017 Carnegie Mellon 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 2017 elections, you must create a petition via the online petition form, which will be available starting on 12:00 AM on Monday, February 20.
  • 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 7.
  • There will be a mandatory information session (March 9 @ 7:00pm in N/A) 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 2017 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: vrb4pes1t0xnm7jdf2k8cgzqloh9wyia5u63

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 2017 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 20 @ 12:00am Petitions Open
February 21 @ 4:30 - 6:00 PM in CUC Connan Candidate Info Session
March 7 @ 6:00pm Petition Deadline
March 9 @ 7:00pm Candidate Rules Meeting
March 22 @ 9:01am Platform Deadline
See Below Tartan Debates
April 14 @ 10:00am Elections Begin
April 18 @ 10:00am Elections End
April 26 Ratification Meeting

Tartan Debates Schedule

The Student Body President debate will take place Friday, March 24th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in Rangos 3.

The Student Body Vice President for Organizations debate will take place Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in McConomy Auditorium.

The Student Body Vice President for Finance debate will take place Wednesday, March 22nd from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in McConomy Auditorium.

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