Special Election of ACM@UIOWA - Fall 2021

This Post Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN (MUST BE AN OFFICIAL MEMBER)

Here, the candidates are listed in alphabetical order. They will be randomized on the ballot.

Position Nominee Nominee Nominee Nominee
President Mitchell Hermon      
Vice President Raymond Yang      
Treasurer Andy Chen      
Secretary Gautam Sharda      
Events Chair Debashish Koirala      

Nominations close on Wednesday, September 15th at 11:59PM CDT.

Voting will be held via an online form that will be sent to each official member's email on Thursday, September 16th with the deadline to vote being Sunday, September 19th at 11:59PM . Results will be announced no later than Monday, September 20th. 

Election Protocol

Approved by the ACM@UIOWA Officers on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021.

Annual Election - NEED TO KNOW DETAILS

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 15th through Sunday, September 19th at 11:59PM.

WHERE: Online via form sent by email

WHAT: Elections for the five ACM@UIOWA officer positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Events Chair. These are year-long positions, and will be held from Fall 2021 - Spring 2022. More info can be found in the ACM@UIOWA Constitution. More information on the positions can be found here.

NOMINATIONS

WHO CAN RUN: All CS and CSE students that are official members of ACM@UIOWA are eligible to run in the election. 

Note: The ACM@UIOWA Constitution allows for a unanimous veto by current Officers of any nomination for President. This can be appealed to the Chapter Sponsor, who can override it if deemed cruel or vindictive. All other nominations are fair game to eligible candidates.

HOW TO RUN: A nomination form will be sent via email. It is possible to run for multiple positions. Nomination Form: https://forms.gle/2CyxnhHf2dwScwue8

VOTING

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE: All CS and CSE students that are official members of ACM@UIOWA.

VOTING: ACM@UIOWA will be utilizing instant-runoff elections, which involves ranking candidates in order of preference. The process mimics a series of runoff elections, with the bottom candidate being removed each time. All ballots will be secret. 

RESULTS

WINNING: Following the process of instant-runoff elections, the first candidate to reach 50%+1 of votes cast in a round of voting will be declared the winner.

For a simple answer, you can stop reading here, but there are some complications we need to cover in case they come up.

ROUNDS OF VOTING: Votes for all positions being voted on will be cast simultaneously, and when voting closes, tallied simultaneously. The first round of voting will involve all positions, by default. Once the final results are calculated, the results for all positions - including any voting redistribution - will be publicly announced simultaneously. All Winners will either accept/decline their positions. Any positions which are yet unfilled at the end of the round, will proceed to a new round involving simultaneous re-tallying, which will include special conditions based on the nature of the re-tally (see: Special Results)

SPECIAL RESULT - CANDIDATE WINS MULTIPLE POSITIONS: If a candidate wins multiple positions, they will be allowed to accept whichever position they wish to fill, but will not (purposefully) be informed of the consequences (i.e. who will win the other position in their stead). For elections they won but did not accept, the instant runoff procedure will be re-run, but with a redistribution of their votes in the first round. For elections they lost, their votes will only be redistributed if the procedure has to be re-run because of another Special Result (i.e. once someone "wins" and "accepts" a position, they cannot unwin it).

SPECIAL RESULT - TIE: In the event of a tie, the final two candidates will be re-voted on. If the tie persists a second time, the President will cast, change, or rescind their vote (depending if they voted or did not) based on the advice of their Officers, effectively deciding the election. 

SPECIAL RESULT - CANDIDATE DECLINES: If a candidate declines the position they won, their votes will be redistributed in a new round of instant runoff procedure.

IN THE EVENT OF VACANCIES FOLLOWING THE ANNUAL ELECTION: Nominations for a Special Election will open immediately, and eligibility will be extended to all who achieve ACM@UIOWA Member status by the day of the election. Voting eligibility will likewise be extended. If such a scenario arises, more details will be promulgated by the day following the regular election.