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ASI Elections

ASI Student Government strives to give Cal Poly students the opportunity to be leaders, grow professionally, and be active members in their community.

ASI annual elections are held in spring quarter for ASI president and the ASI Board of Directors.

2019–20 ASI Elections

ASI Student Government strives to give Cal Poly students the opportunity to be leaders, grow professionally, and represent the voice of their fellow Mustangs. As the collective voice of the students, leaders advocate for change, support, and resources to create positive contributions both on and off campus. Students can run for office and represent their constituents as ASI president or on the ASI Board of Directors. Filing for candidacy occurs in February and elections are held annually in spring quarter. Candidate Packets and filing forms will be posted on the ASI website when the filing period begins on Feb. 4, 2019.

Candidate Filing Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at 8 a.m. – Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Candidate Information Sessions Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Board of Directors – Mandatory Candidate Meeting Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.
President – Mandatory Candidate Meeting Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Candidate Media Day Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 6–8 p.m.
Active Campaigning Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 5 p.m.–Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Presidential Debate Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Campaign Close-out Statement Due Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Candidate Meet & Greet Tuesday, April 23 at 11 a.m.
Election Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9 a.m. – Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Election Announcement Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Resources

Descriptions

ASI President: The ASI president is the only elected-at-large student leader on the ASI Officer Team. The goals of the ASI president are achieved and implemented with the assistance of the appointed Executive Cabinet and chief of staff. The president shall represent the general student body and act as the official representative and host of ASI to university administration and the general public.

ASI Board of Directors: The ASI Board of Directors serves as the legislative body of ASI and the official representative voice of Cal Poly students. Members of the Board of Directors are elected from each college and are representatives of a 501 (c3) non-profit corporation.

Important Dates

  • Candidate Filing Opens: Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
  • Candidate Filing Closes: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
  • Mandatory Candidate Meeting — Board of Directors: Feb. 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. in University Union Room 220
  • Mandatory Candidate Meeting — ASI President: Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. in UU Room 216
  • Active Campaigning Begins: Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 5 p.m.
  • ASI Elections Begin: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9 a.m.
  • ASI Elections End: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 9 a.m.
  • ASI Elections Announcement: Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Instant Run-off Voting

Instant Run-off Voting will be used in the ASI Election for Presidential Candidates only.

instant run-off voting explained

How instant run-off voting works:

Ballots assigned to eliminated candidates are recounted and distributed to one of the remaining candidates based on the next preference on each ballot. This process continues until one candidate wins by obtaining the majority of votes.

Example:

If there are four candidates (A, B, C, D) for ASI president and 9,500 Cal Poly students vote in the election, one of the candidates would need to receive 51% (4,751) of the total votes to be elected.

Initial Voting:
A: 3,786
B: 2,412
C: 2,111
D: 1,191

Since candidate D received the fewest number of votes, they would be eliminated. Their votes are redistributed to the next preference on voters ballot.

Step 2:
A: 4,197
B: 2,579
C: 2,724

Since candidate B received the fewest number of votes, they would be eliminated. Their votes are redistributed to the next preference on voters ballot.

Step 3:
A: 5,412
B: 4,088

Since candidate C received the fewest number of votes, they would be eliminated. Their votes are redistributed to candidate A.

Step 4:
Candidate A received the majority of votes and is elected as ASI President.

FAQs

ASI Board of Directors: Board members are required to attend weekly board workshops and biweekly board meetings. Other meetings include standing committees, universitywide committee meetings, trainings, and special events. The weekly time requirement for a board member is in excess of eight to ten hours per week.

ASI President: To represent the student body to their fullest potential, it is essential for the ASI president to be present and active in the corporation. All commitments considered, the time required for the position of ASI president is in excess of 40 hours per week throughout the entire year. Review the President Responsibility Guide for details on expectations and responsibilities.
The ASI president is the only elected-at-large student leader on the ASI Officer Team. The goals of the ASI president are achieved and implemented with the assistance of the appointed Executive Cabinet and chief of staff. The president shall represent the general student body and act as the official representative and host of ASI to university administration and the general public.
The ASI Board of Directors serves as the legislative body of ASI and official representative voice of Cal Poly students. Members of the Board of Directors are elected representatives of a 501 (c3) non-profit corporation. The board meets biweekly to establish policies and parameters for the affairs, properties, personnel, and operations of ASI, in addition to representing students at a campus, city, state, and federal level.
The University Union Advisory Board (UUAB) advises the university president and ASI executive director on policies, programs, and improvements related to ASI-managed facilities including the Julian A. McPhee University Union, Cal Poly Recreation Center, Cal Poly Sports Complex, and Doerr Family Field. Members engage in program assessment, budgeting, and facility planning. Recruitment begins April 2019.

The ASI Executive Cabinet is comprised of members appointed by the ASI president and chief of staff who work with executive staff volunteers, Cal Poly students, ASI staff, and community members to carry out the president’s goals. Recruitment begins April 2019.
Pre-Candidate: A pre-candidate is a student member who takes action (whether written or oral) to seek election before or by the filing deadline as an officer or board member before the Dean of Students office determines eligibility.

Candidate: A candidate is a student member who has filed a Candidate Packet under the ASI Election Code. The Dean of Students office shall decide the eligibility of any candidate for an ASI office before putting their name on the ballot. For write-in candidates, eligibility shall be determined before the election results are announced.

Contact Information

Maggie Cheung

Chair, ASI Recruitment and Elections Committee
805-756-1291
Email Recruitment & Elections Chair

Mark Borges

Chair, ASI Board of Directors
805-756-1293
Email Chair of Board