Elections Procedures 

  1. GSA Officer Elections
    1. Any GSA member who is enrolled at UCSB during the entire term of office shall be eligible to serve as an elected GSA Officer, provided they disclose any conflict of interest that may exist.
    2. Routine elections for GSA Officers shall be held each year during the Spring Quarter.
      1. The GSA Co-Presidents shall announce the time, place, and manner of routine elections on or before the first day of the Spring Quarter.
      2. All GSA members shall have the right to nominate candidates for office and to vote in routine GSA Officer elections.
    3. A Special Election shall be held to fill any vacancy in an elected GSA Officer position.
      1. Vacancies shall be announced within five (5) UC business days of the vacancy.
      2. All special elections shall be publicized at least three (3) business days in advance of the election.
      3. If one of the GSA Co-Presidency officer positions becomes vacant, the Vice President of Budget, Finance, and Committees shall become the Acting Co-President. If not, a Special Election for Co-President shall be held at the next regularly scheduled GSA Assembly Meeting that is more than three (3) business days after the announcement of the vacancy.
      4. If both officer positions of the GSA Co-Presidency become vacant, the GSA Vice President of Budget, Finance, and Committees shall become the Acting President. If the GSA of Budget, Finance, and Committees is unable to assume the duties of Acting President, then the GSA Vice President of Graduate Student Affairs shall become Acting President.
      5. If neither the GSA of Budget, Finance, and Committees nor the GSA Vice President of Graduate Student Affairs is able to assume the duties of Acting President, then a GSA Assembly Special Meeting shall be called to elect the Co-Presidents.
      6. If any other elected GSA Officer position becomes vacant, then a Special Election for that GSA Officer position shall take place at the next GSA Assembly Meeting that is more than three (3) business days after the announcement of the vacancy, and, if necessary, at each subsequent GSA Assembly Meeting until the position is filled.
      7. The Executive Committee may appoint a GSA member to serve as an Acting GSA Officer until the position is filled, subject to approval of the GSA Assembly.
  2. Ad hoc and pro tempore Officers
    1. The GSA Assembly, by a two-thirds (66%) vote, may establish ad hoc Officer positions.
      1. The term of office for an ad hoc Officer position shall not exceed one (1) academic quarter. The GSA Assembly, by a simple majority (50% plus 1) vote, may appoint a GSA member to fill an ad hoc Officer position.
    2. The GSA Assembly, by a two-thirds (66%) vote, may grant a leave of absence to an elected GSA Officer.
      1. The leave of absence shall not exceed one (1) academic quarter.
      2. The GSA Assembly, by a simple majority (50% plus 1) vote, may appoint a GSA member to serve as a pro tempore Officer during the leave of absence.