Election season is underway at SUU, as evidenced by the posters and large wooden campaign signs posted across campus, and beginning Thursday, February 28, students can cast their vote in the first round of elections for the 2013-14 Southern Utah University Student Association (SUUSA).
The first of two campaign cycles, this week’s primary election will sift out the top two candidates for each office who, if successful, will advance to the general election in early March.
Candidates will compete for ten open positions in SUUSA’s roster: president, academic vice president, activities vice president and clubs and student leadership vice president, as well as senate positions for the colleges of performing and visual arts, business, education, humanities and social sciences, science and graduate studies.
“People don’t always realize the far-reaching impact that our student government representatives have,” said Sheena Kauppila, coordinator of student engagement and orientation at SUU. “Their efforts help shape highly important decisions like the cost of education. It’s important for students to know their representatives and get involved in the process,” Kauppila said.
A variety of resources are available to inform voting decisions, beginning with a candidate meet-and-greet event on Wednesday, February 27, from Noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Living Room. Hosted by the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, the event will allow students to personally interact with the candidates and address their interests and concerns.
Candidate information relative to all three parties on the primary ballot is also available in the Student Center.
Primary election polls will open at 8 a.m. on February 28 and votes will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Advancing candidates will be announced in a short briefing in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Living Room at 6:00 that evening.
Votes may be cast online by all current students via the MySUU Portal or in person at polling stations in the Student Center Living Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. To vote, students must have a valid SUU login and student ID.
Once they have cleared the primaries, the remaining candidates will prepare for the general SUUSA election the following week.