Article V: Elections

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Section 1: Time of Elections

Elections for all open seats of the Academic Staff Senate shall be held each year during the spring semester and shall be completed by the last day of regular classes for that semester.

Section 2: Review of Service Areas

Prior to each Academic Staff Senate election, the Committee for Elections and Appointments shall review the service areas and the units within each service area and recommend any revisions to the Academic Staff Senate for review and submission to the membership of the academic staff for action.

Section 3: Eligibility for Election to the Academic Staff Senate

To be eligible for election to the Academic Staff Senate, an academic staff member must hold at least a half-time academic staff appointment for the entire academic year. Academic staff members shall be ineligible for election during their first semester of employment at UW-Platteville. An individual academic staff member may stand for election to one seat only in any given election.

Section 4: Standing for Election to the Academic Staff Senate

To stand for election to the Academic Staff Senate, an eligible academic staff member must indicate candidacy to the Committee for Elections and Appointments or be nominated for election by the Committee for Elections and Appointments.

The Committee for Elections and Appointments will only nominate an individual for election in the event that no member of the academic staff has filed to run for a specific Senate seat. Furthermore, the committee will not nominate any individual unless it is clear that there are no nominations forthcoming from the eligible academic staff members.

Section 5: Criteria for Election from a Designated Service Area

For an academic staff member to be elected as a representative from a designated service area, that candidate must be an academic staff member of that service area and must receive a simple majority of the ballots cast by academic staff members within that service area. Only academic staff members within a specific area may vote for the representative from that service area. If no candidate should receive a simple majority of the votes cast within a service area, a run-off election will be conducted between the persons receiving the two highest vote counts.

Section 6: Criteria for Election to an At-Large Seat

For an academic staff member to be elected as a representative to an at-large seat, that candidate must receive a simple majority of the ballots cast by academic staff members.  Academic staff members from any area may vote for at-large seats.  If no candidate should receive a simple majority of the votes cast, a run-off election will be conducted between the persons receiving the two highest vote counts.

Section 7: Filling of Vacancies on the Academic Staff Senate

In the event that a vacancy occurs in a senate seat when more than half of the elected term remains to be served prior to the next regular election for the Academic Staff Senate, a special election shall be held to fill the vacant seat.  A vacancy is created when any sitting senator resigns, is recalled, or changes from one service area to another.. If a vacancy occurs in a senate seat when less than half of the elected term remains to be served prior to the next regular election for the Academic Staff Senate, the seat will be filled by an appointment from the Committee for Elections and Appointments, subject to a majority vote of approval by the Academic Staff Senate.

A senator filling out a partial term as the result of a special election or through appointment by the Committee for Elections and Appointments shall be eligible to run for, to be elected to, and to serve two full consecutive terms at the end of that partial term, assuming that he or she remains eligible to serve on the Academic Staff Senate under all other bylaws.

Section 8: Election Questions or Disputes

The Committee for Elections and Appointments is empowered to determine the methods by which election questions or disputes shall be resolved.

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