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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered with the FAQs below, don’t hesitate to contact the ASI Government Office in Sequoia 311 or e-mail the Elections Officer as asi-ogeo@csus.edu.

What are the Requirements to Run for Office?

We encourage any interested student to pursue candidacy for the elected student positions on the ASI Board of Directors. Candidates seeking to run for President or Executive Vice President can fill out the Candidate Election Application for Presidential Ticket by the required deadline. Candidates seeking to run for all other ASI Board of Director positions can fill out the Candidate Election Application for Independent Candidates by the required deadline. Each applicant will be notified by the ASI Executive Director if they have met eligibility requirements, as determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs Office.

There are a number of eligibility criteria such as grade point average (GPA), residency units, and “good standing” status that are evaluated by the Vice President of Student Affairs Office to determine if Sac State students may run for student government positions. Eligibility may be difficult for a student to assess for themselves with certainty.

Checklists for Eligibility

Executive Officer Positions
Director Positions

Can I run for the Director position of the college I'm thinking of changing to?

To run for your college seat, you must have a declared major in that particular college when you turn in the packet. For example, if University records show that you are still majoring in Sociology but you’re thinking of declaring your major as Criminal Justice, you can’t run for the College of Health and Human Services and instead must run for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Where can I find the Election Application?

You can access the Candidate Election Application for ASI Presidential Ticket or the Candidate Election Application for Independent Candidate from the ASI website, www.asi.csus.edu, or through CSUS Orgsync. You must fill out the application with your SacLink account before the deadline, March 9th, by 4:00 pm.

Lastly, you must attend a Mandatory Candidate Workshop before the application deadline, March 9th by 4:00 pm.  The same Workshop will be offered a number of days and times; but, you must attend one.

Is there a cost to run for office?

Candidates who are running for office have the option to expend funds to support their campaign efforts.  You are not expected to spend any money for campaigning. This is based on your personal decision. The ASI Elections Code sets the following limits:

Presidential Tickets have a spending limit for campaigning of $500.
Independent Candidates have a spending limit for campaigning of $350.

There are very detailed requirements regarding campaigning, campaign expenditures and reporting.  It is important you follow all requirements detailed in the ASI Elections Code.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to submit a Campaign Expenditure Report Form even if he/she did not spend any money on campaigning.

2018 Presidential Ticket Campaign Expenditure Form

2018 Independent Candidate Campaign Expenditure Form

ASI does offer a grant for students seeking to run for office. ASI will award up to 7 grants, each worth $125. The purpose of this grant is to promote and acknowledge students who are active and involved in the Sac State Campus Community. This grant will reduce fiscal barriers to students seeking to run for office in ASI Elections. The ASI Election Grant may only be utilized for items that must be claimed on the Campaign Expenditure report form and meet all ASI Election Code Standards. Students may apply for the 2018 ASI Election Grant here. The deadline to apply is 4:00PM on Friday, March 9, 2018.

How do I know which candidates are running for office?

As candidates are approved as “eligible to run for office” their names and the positions they are running for will be posted on the ASI elections website. Additionally, candidates’ names will be drawn during the ASI Coffee & Candidates Event and later will be placed on the ASI website in the same order they will appear on the official ballot.

How do I vote?

Although you can vote online at www.asi.csus.edu from any computer from 8:00am April 11th through 7:30pm April 12th, there will also be on-campus ASI Voting Site on the west side walkway of the University Union. The ASI voting site will open at 8:00am on Wednesday, April 11th from 8:00am-7:30pm and again on Thursday, April 12th from 8:00 -7:30pm.

When can I get the election results?

The election results are announced the last day of elections after the polls have been closed and total number of votes counted. You will also be able to find the results on the ASI Website www.asi.csus.edu .