How Elections Are Conducted
*You must be present to run and to vote*
- Elections will be conducted by a member of the current Executive Board who is not running for a position. This year, Elizabeth Hall, President, will conduct the elections.
- Another 3L who is present will confirm the presidential and vice presidential election results, if necessary.
- The newly elected president will confirm all other election results, if necessary.
- The determination after a confirmation as described in 2 and 3 will be deemed final.
- The candidates for President shall be written on the board in alphabetical order by last name
- All candidates except the first shall leave the room
- The first candidate listed shall give a speech limited to 5 minutes
- The first candidate shall leave the room and the next candidate shall give a speech limited to 5 minutes
- Repeat steps 2-4 until all Presidential candidates have given speeches
- All candidates return to the room
- Members may ask questions of individual candidates or all candidates. The first collective question shall be answered in reverse alphabetical order. The second shall be answered in reverse alphabetical order, except the candidate who answered the last question first shall go last (basically, giving everyone a chance to speak first and last). The question and answer period shall be limited to 10 minutes.
- All candidates shall leave the room.
- Members will vote.
- Candidates will be invited back into the room.
- The Electioneer will announce the results. If necessary, a 3L who is present in the room shall confirm the result.
Repeat the procedure for president listed above.
All other Positions
- The electioneer will select the next position to be elected. The order of all other positions will vary based on
- whether the ballot is contested
- whether a candidate is running for more than one position (candidate's position preference will be voted first if possible) and
- whether a candidate must leave the election meeting early for a non-law-school class
- Follow procedure for president listed above, except
- A candidate is not required to give a speech and if s/he does, it is limited to 3 minutes
- all questions from the general body must be posed collectively to all candidates
- the question and answer period shall be limited to 5 minutes
- the newly elected President shall confirm the election result if necessary
- Repeat until all positions have been elected
Modification for Uncontested Elections
- The candidate is only required to leave the room during voting
- The question and answer period shall be limited to 5 minutes for President and Vice-President and 2 minutes for all other positions
*These guidelines to not apply to candidates who have "dropped down" from another position's election.
- The member must meet the eligibility criteria
- The member must be present for the entire election meeting
- The member must have held the required "meeting" with the person who is currently in the position
- The member must nominate him/herself or be nominated by another BLSA member
- The nomination must be seconded by a different BLSA member (self-nominations must be thirded)
- If an election is contested or becomes contested by the floor nomination, the member must, within the allotted time, respond to the following questions
- Why didn't you submit a candidate statement earlier?
- Is this a reflection of your lack of initiative or lack of belief in your qualifications?
- Have you truly thought about running for this position?
- Bring your laptop
- Go to cali.org/instapoll
- Enter the poll number, which you will receive in the meeting
- Vote as directed in the meeting
How the Winner is Determined
- The winning candidate must earn a majority (51%) of all votes cast
- A candidate who is running uncontested must still earn a majority of votes cast