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Election Procedures

ECVHS ASB 2014-2015

Table of Contents

Page Description

  1. Welcome

  2. Timeline for Elections

  3. Running For Office

  4. Planning Your Campaign

  5. The Campaigning Period

  6. Strategies for Winning

  7. Rules for Skits/Speeches

  8. The General Election/Assembly

  9. Publicity Guidelines

  10. How to Write a Great Platform  

  11. After the Assembly

  12. Final Thoughts

  13. Checklist for Meeting Deadlines              




We would like to formally welcome you to what we hope will be a memorable and successful high school experience for you. This booklet is provided to help make your campaigning efforts easy and profitable. If at any time you should have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact either Ms. Vasquez or Daniel Watson, the Commissioner of Elections in ASB. We know that win or lose, you will gain a spot in the ASB class if you can prove that you are determined and passionate about serving the ECV student body. We don’t have to wish you luck with your campaign because there really is no such thing as luck. You create your own by being prepared. This should help you to win it big in ASB.

Go Big!


Timeline for Elections

Day Date

WED May 14 Candidate Petitions due

FRI May 16 Candidate Platforms due

WED May 14 Delegate Petitions due

WED May 21 Candidate booth set up/help ASB set up

(6 AM)

WED May 21 ASB Nominating Convention

TBA TBA          Results announced at lunch

TUE May 27-30  Work week


Running for Office

In order to be really successful in ASB, you must find the right “fit” for you. This involves not only matching your talents to a job, but more importantly, it’s asking yourself what your passion is. You can learn skills for a job; passion is something that you must already have. Knowing what you really love to do is key to running for ASB.

The best advice is to talk to Ms. Vasquez or any current or previous ASB members. We will be able to help you to discover where you would best fit. You may talk to Ms. Vasquez either during fourth, fifth and sixth period (if you don’t have a class), or you can make an appointment to speak with him either before or after school. You really need to make sure that you are running for the job that you want, not the one that has the fewest number of opponents or the one where you believe you will have the best chance of winning.

Once you have discerned what position you will seek, you must fill out a petition and meet all the requirements for running. Though you do not need to hold a current ASB card to run for office this year, it would serve you better to have one so that your voters know that you have supported ASB this year financially.

After you fill out the front portion, you must find twenty-five underclassmen (not seniors) to endorse your candidacy. They must be original signatures, meaning they may not have endorsed any one of your opponents. To protect yourself, you may get more than the required number of students; the best protection is to get the petition turned in before your opponents turn theirs in for validation.

Once this is done, you are officially a candidate. ASB needs you to be sure that once you file, you follow through with your pledge. Dropping out of the election should not be an option unless you are moving to a different school the following year.


Planning Your Campaign

You may think that you must be popular in order to win an ASB election. The sad truth is that the more people who know you, the more likely they will be to vote for you over a complete stranger. So, although you may not win a popularity contest, you certainly can make it so that people know that you are the best person for the job. How you do this is through a thoughtful and cleverly executed campaign.

Step one would be to find people who are creative, eager, and responsible. The more people you have on your team, the more input you have for ideas, and the more people you have to spread your message. You do want reliable people, which may not always mean your friends. Enlisting your parents or siblings may be smart since you live with them, and they’re more accessible if you need help with decisions while you’re not in school.

Once you have your team, step two would be to come up with a theme for your campaign. This can be tied to the ASB convention theme (this year it is “Monsters University”), or it may copy a slogan of some popular product like Gatorade (Is it in you?). The goal is to get students to identify you with your theme. This will help them remember your name come balloting time.

Step three is to canvas the student body. Ask students what they would want in a candidate by personally going up to them, introducing yourself, and telling them what you’re running for and why you would like the job. Once you know what it would take to get their vote, you can start looking for ways to do just that. While you are meeting students, you should also encourage them to become a delegate (if they meet the requirements) as well as a registered voter. You need delegates to be placed on the ballot, and you need voters, of course, to help you win the election.

Finally, you can start step four, the manufacturing of your posters, picket signs, and banners, and the procurement of any supplies you may need, be they incentives for voters (stickers, pencils, treats, pins, etc.), construction paper, or paper for flyers. Remember to check the publicity guidelines in the back of this packet, and observe the time frame stated in the timeline for when publicity may be put up and when it must be removed.

This one fact can’t be stressed enough: It is not enough to meet people; that has to be coupled with ensuring that everyone you meet is registered. They are of no use to you if they can’t mark your name on a ballot!


The Campaign Period

Okay, so you have all the publicity made and are ready to go out and meet the people who will hopefully vote for you in the elections. Now what? Well, you have to provide for ASB a few items that will work for you when you are not around. They are as follows:

  • an information card with your name, position sought, three activities you have been involved in, and your graduating year;

  • a platform (see packet page that follows) that will spell out who you are and why you deserve the students’ vote; this will be published with your photo in a document that all delegates will receive

  • an eight-foot vertical banner with your name and position which will be hung in the gymnasium during Convention

You may only start campaigning after you have submitted the petition, the information card, the platform, and paid your fee for the banner. Make sure all items are turned into Ms. Vasquez first and your money to the Finance Clerk before your posters go up.

Once the above items are done, you can spend all your free time hanging up publicity, talking to candidates, giving them reminders (stickers, pins, flyers), and use as many people as you can to recruit delegates and get people registered to vote.

When you are finished, you should invest your free time filming a video (no more than 2 minutes) that will entertain and give delegates a chance to get to know the real you. You may video yourself giving a speech if you aren’t one to speak in front of audiences live, but a commercial will probably convince people that you have the personality and creativity that they know will be helpful to ASB. You will only have up to three minutes for your video, live skit, and/or speech on the day of the Nominating Convention.


Finally, you may also advertise using the marquee. The standard cost is $5/first day and $2 each additional day. You may not monopolize the marquee. A maximum of three consecutive days is permitted.


Strategies for Winning

When it comes down to it, the person with the most votes wins, right? Well, one of your main focuses should be to get your friends to register to vote (they may not know they have to do this) and then meet other students so they may become familiar with you (and then get them to register to vote). But there is another crucial focus as well that may need to be done first: getting delegates.

Delegates are the representative people who attend the ASB Nominating Convention and listen to the speeches, videos, and skits of the candidates. They are the most important people in the world to you since they are the ones with the power to stop your campaign and eliminate you from the election. They also can further your cause by placing you on the ballot (only two candidates make the ballot for each office) and then telling everyone after the Convention is over that they thought you were the choicest candidate.

In order to be a delegate, a student must be someone with a cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.5, who can afford to miss a whole day of school (for the ASB Nominating Convention), and has an ASB card (preferably). They will have to purchase a shirt for $10 as well (or $15 without). The shirt will be given out on the morning of Convention when they report between 7:00-7:30 AM.

Only 100 delegate spots are open, and up to 25 seniors may be delegates. Your goal should be to get as many delegates who you believe will support you since they are the ones who will decide your fate. Once you have done that, if you get on the ballot, then remind students who have registered to go vote either at the third period elections assembly the next day, or after school (if their teacher doesn’t let them out of third period).

You now have all need to know to win your election. Good luck!


Rules for Skits/Speeches

The general rule of thumb for skits, live or filmed, is that they need to be in good taste, observing the three big no’s: no drug, sexual content, and gang-related references. All filmed segments must be burned to a DVD, be previewed by Ms. Vasquez, and be turned in by the deadline stated in the timeline in this packet. If the video is deemed to be in any violation of the guidelines, you will be denied the opportunity to edit it. Instead, your time allotment will be given to present a live skit and/or speech.

Since we do not know how many candidates we have applying for a spot in ASB in any given year, the amount of time you will get to make your plea to the delegates at Convention will change. On the average, it will be around three minutes. As such, your filmed segment should not exceed two minutes if you plan to do a little talking or acting as well. If you plan to just introduce yourself and your video, your video may be around two and a half minutes. One warning: there is nothing as bad as a video that is poorly filmed and that does not keep the interest of the viewer. Get help in both the writing of your script and the filming of the segment. Make sure the picture and audio quality are excellent.

Your speech doesn’t have to be printed and submitted. Still, nothing is worse than seeing a person read their speech without making any eye contact with the audience. If you want to leave a good impression, rehearse your speech! Be sincere, and make your points brief and to the point. They should include most of the salient items in your platform, but by all means, don’t make your speech identical to it. Your speech should compel people to listen to you.

If you really need something to refer to, it would be better to make cards that state the points you wish to make. If you rehearse your speech, you would not have to write your speech on cards. Instead, you could have a card that says “credentials,” which would prompt you to tell the delegates the involvement you have had in other teams, clubs, or organizations.

The live skit may not have any candidates or delegates in it. If you need people to get out of class, you must let Ms. Vasquez know by May 14!

You only get about three minutes to sell yourself. Make sure all you do is professional, in good taste, and rehearsed!


The General Election/Assembly

The general election is the one that determines who next year’s ASB officers will be. Should you be placed on the ballot by the delegates at the Nominating Convention, you and your opponent will face off by answering a secret question that has been designed especially for their job.

At the assembly, the candidate who was placed on the ballot first will have a distinct advantage. The Commissioner of Elections will ask him/her after they hear the question whether or not he/she would like to respond first or second. The candidate who goes first has the benefit of being able to have an original answer. He/she will have had less time to think of the answer, but students will know that the answer was the candidate’s. By going second, the candidate will have slightly more time to think of their response, but he/she runs the risk of having their opponent saying what he/she was going to say.

Some advice for candidates going into this assembly: prepare. Imagine all sorts of questions that might be asked of you, and prepare your responses by rehearsing them. You will have a minute to reply, so rehearsing will ensure that you don’t stall and waste precious seconds having to think for words.

Another bit of advice if you are first on the ballot: strategize. Size up your opponent by paying attention to his/her performance at caucus and convention. If he/she appears to be nervous or unsure, it may be worth it to make him/her answer first. In the event that he/she does say what you would say, you could always tell the voting public that you agree wholeheartedly with your opponent, and maybe add a little something else to your answer to make it your own. This could be by relating an experience of yours or by explaining why your answer would work.

Again, only registered voters will be at the assembly, so to give yourself an automatic “home-court” advantage, make sure you enlist a lot of your supporters to register to vote. The more people you have in the audience, the more they will cheer for you. This will help give you even more confidence when it comes to answering your question.

It all comes down to this day. Do not come into it unprepared! Good luck!


Publicity Guidelines

  1. You may only have one poster that is larger than 3 feet by 6 feet hanging on the blue boards.

  2. You may have up to 3 posters that are 3 feet by 3 feet maximum in size.

  3. Posters may only go up during the period stated in the timeline.

  4. The use of language and graphics must be appropriate (i.e. no vulgar language or pictures ) and can not put down any other candidate.

  5. No flyers may be posted on blue boards. They will be moved / taken down and thrown out by ASB. If you want to post flyers, they must be placed on the tiled part of the walls in the hallways, or they may be placed on internal doors with the permission of the teacher(s) who occupy the room.

  6. The posting of stickers is strictly prohibited. Students may wear stickers on their clothing, but that is the extent of sticker use.

  7. Picket signs are permitted, but they must come down on Friday afternoon. They may be put up again on Monday.

  8. At no time is anyone to remove a candidate’s publicity. If the poster is taking up space that could normally fit an additional poster, ASB will move it to the side to allow for another big poster. Try to hang your poster up so that it does not create “dead” space.

  9. Ms. Vasquez must inspect all large posters before they are posted. If he does not see them, ASB will remove them, even if you think they meet these guidelines. This rule is strictly enforced!

  10. All posters hung on the blue boards must employ blue painter’s tape; transparent tape is to be used for any flyer or poster affixed to tile walls or doors. No poles may have any publicity on them!

  11. You may not use the student bulletin to promote yourself or any other candidate.

  12. The marquee can be used to publicize your campaign; it costs $5 for the first day, and $2 for each additional day. The message must be changed if it is up for more than three days.

  13. At no time are you to use class time to make publicity or to promote yourself or any other candidate. This is particularly important during the primary elections that will be held during a second period class.

  14. You may not write on the cement or black top using chalk or any other substance. You may fplace posters on the ground, however.

  15. If you have any other questions concerning publicity, do not assume it is okay. Ask Ms. Vasquez first!


How to Write a Great Platform

ASB will take your photograph and print the 150-200 words that you will write about yourself in a supplement that will be made available to the delegates as they prepare for the Nominating Convention. Basically, this platform is just a brief description of who you are, what you have done, what you would like to accomplish if you are elected, and maybe why you believe you would be the best person for this job.

When you look at it, is very similar to what would be said in your speech (should you decide to make one). To help you, there is a platform “form” which has a checklist on the top to guide you as you write. You must include all the items (in whatever order you prefer), but you must do so in no more than 200 words.

The platform must be turned in by the specified deadline in the timeline if it is to be printed. If it is late, there will be a blank space that states “candidate did not submit a platform,” which does not make you look very good. Please feel free to have help with writing this. You want it to sound professional, so as long as it accurately describes you, it makes no difference who writes it for you. Have your parents, teachers, campaign manager, whoever help you edit the piece. Below is a sample of one:

As you can tell from our past Homecoming and Class Elections especially, there has been a poor turnout in students seeking to be prince, princess, king or queen or being class president and such. In order to have quality officers or to have students who truly represent ECV well at homecoming, we need to have more competition for these titles. Many times, class officers win by default because no one runs against them. This should not be. Competition always brings out the best in candidates.

  If you elect me for Commissioner of Elections, I will promise to devise a plan that will make current ASB students responsible for recruiting candidates for both class office and Homecoming. We should have more choices to choose from when crowning a king or queen and not automatically hand someone a sash because they filled out a petition. Vote for me on May 23rd. You’ll be right on Target!      154 words


After the Assembly

Election results are revealed on the Friday after the election during a rally at lunch on the quad. If you win, you will be asked if you wish to accept this position. Accepting it means that you agree to take ASB for a year, which means you are giving up one class on your schedule.

If you decide that you cannot fulfill that, you may decline the position and become an automatic associate commissioner for one semester. We would prefer if you would know in advance if you can do this for a whole year so that you can encourage your voters to vote for the candidate who can fulfill this duty.

Students who lose their election will get to reapply for one of ten associate commissioner spots. Students who lose who have previous ASB experience may apply for a President’s Advisory Council member position. Those student will then help the commissioners in charge of big projects, such as assemblies, Homecoming, dances, elections, special events, etc.

How you get one of the spots is performing Work Week, which is two weeks after Convention. Students work for a half hour after school doing different jobs, and they are then marked on productivity, quality of work, attitude, and the ability to work with others. The top ten point earners (if no one declines their position) will be given a spot in ASB for a year. If students want only one term, we can take more students for a term.


Final Thoughts

ASB is definitely a great experience. For people who want to make a difference in their high school years, this is the one job that will help you to  accomplish that. By petitioning and staging a campaign, you will learn a lot about the political process and you will get a chance to be part of the student governing body that decides on what life on campus will be like next year. Even if you don’t win or get one of the remaining spots, you will have the satisfaction of participating in something that not everyone can. If you have more years ahead of you beyond next year, you can use the knowledge gained for the following year to stage an even better campaign.

Don’t be discouraged. If you need any more assistance, don’t hesitate to talk to ASB Advisor Ms. Vasquez or the ASB Commissioner of Elections. We know you have the goods to win this election. You’ve read all the material. A great deal awaits you in ASB!


Checklist for Meeting Deadlines

_____ Filled out petition front entirely/got signatures

_____ Got required signatures on back of petition

_____ Turned petition into ASB by May 14

_____ Picked up information card from ASB

_____ Picked up a platform

_____ Wrote the platform and edited it

_____ Turned in platform by May 16

_____ Made publicity

_____ Had large posters okayed by Ms. Vasquez

_____ Set up booth (May 21)

_____ Help ASB set up decorations (May 21)

_____ Check into Convention between 6:30 and 8:00 AM (May 21)

_____ Clean up booth/gym (May 21)

_____ Attend elections assembly/vote (May 21)