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IUSA talks election timeline, commission changes



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Cody Vaughn, IUSA election commission supervisor, sits in on the IUSA 2018 Election Official Call-Out Meeting. Peter Talbot Buy Photos

Elections for IU Student Association congressional and executive offices are about to commence. 

IUSA Election Commission member Jeffrey Bae went over a timeline, possible changes to the election code, and important rules to know before running for a student government position at a callout meeting Wednesday night in Hodge Hall.

Election Commission supervisor Cody Vaughn said IUSA Congress is currently working to see which positions will be open for the election cycle. After the apportions of congressional seats are completed, application materials will officially be released.

In the meantime, IUSA officers said to note elections will take place March 27-28. Applications for tickets close March 13, two weeks before elections. 

The IUSA debate will be March 21. At the debate, presidential candidates will discuss their tickets and address questions.

Bae said one of the most important actions to take as a ticket is to read up on the election codes and complaints systems before running. All information is available online at iusa.indiana.edu, and iusaelectioncommission@gmail.com can be reached with additional questions.

One of the Election Commission's goals this year is to increase voter turnout compared to previous years, Bae said. The election codes are also being reviewed by IUSA committees, and he said any and all changes will be publicly announced.

This could include changes in some regulations on what campaigns can and can't do during their runs. 

"As everything stands, everything is the same as last year," Vaughn said. "We are expecting code changes when the applications are released."

 Eman Mozaffar

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