It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic officially forced the University of Michigan to move classes online, and most classes have remained online since. In this time, Central Student Government and other student governments have worked to adapt to the new changes of having meetings online and creating resolutions based on the growing needs of students during the pandemic.
The next CSG executive ticket and other student government offices will be voted on this week. Here’s what you need to know:
Who can vote?
All students are eligible to vote for the executive ticket of CSG — in other words, the president and vice president — and their sponsored representatives for each school or college, regardless of grade or school/college.
Individual schools and colleges such as LSA and Engineering also have their own student governments in which students in any year belonging to those schools can vote for those executive tickets and representatives.
Can I write-in candidates?
Yes. Every ballot gives an option for students to write in candidates.
How does voting work?
Voting for student government starts at midnight on Wednesday, March 24 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. The ballots are online and can be found at umich.vote.edu.
What are the campaigns running for student government?
There are three parties running for CSG this year. CHANGE, an executive-only ballot, is running against two other parties each with an executive ticket and a slate of sponsored candidates: IMPACT and ORGANIZE.
In addition, LSA Student Government has two campaigns running this year.
Where can I learn more about the campaigns and representatives?
Last week, The Daily hosted an executive ticket debate for CSG where each party shared their platforms and thoughts on issues ranging from diversity to sustainability. LSA SG also hosted a Candidates Forum and a Executive Ticket Debate where they discussed the parties’ stances on multiple issues. The Daily also looked into all of the anti-racism policies on each platform and why they are similar or different.
You can learn more about the candidates, parties and platforms on The Daily’s Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Daily News Editor Jasmin Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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