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ASI Elections

Become involved with ASI Student Government and have the chance to make a difference on campus and be a voice on behalf of the student body.

ASI Student Government strives to give Cal Poly students the opportunity to be leaders, grow professionally, and be active members in their community.

Official 2017-18 ASI Election Results

As no candidate in the 2017-18 ASI Presidential race won by 51% of the vote, the election went to instant runoff. In the end, Riley Nilsen won the election with 3,447 votes. Please see the following for an overview of the vote distribution between the final four candidates.

Instant Run-off Results Vote break-down

2017-18 ASI President

election results for ASI president

Rank Last Name First Name College Votes
1 Nilsen Riley College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences 2279
2 Dean Chase College of Liberal Arts 1720
3 Mitchell Archie Orfalea College of Business 1050
4 Negrete Davis College of Engineering 507

College of Architecture and Environmental Design - 3 Seats

election results for College of Architecture and Environmental Design board of directors

Rank Last Name First Name Votes
1 Seems Samantha 192
2 Tucker Harrison 46
3 Padilla Ana 7

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences - 5 Seats

election results for College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences board of directors

Rank Last Name First Name Votes
1 Borges Mark 418
2 Broaddus James 383
3 Dimas Sergio 338
4 Lopez Layla 324
5 Warner Haley 320

College of Engineering - 5 Seats

election results for College of Engineering board of directors

Rank Last Name First Name Votes
1 Dupray Denae 502
2 D'Ambrosio John 463
3 Cheung Maggie 435
4 Downing Sarah 370
5 Griffin John 350

College of Liberal Arts - 5 Seats

election results for College of Liberal Arts board of directors

Rank Last Name First Name Votes
1 Cavanaugh Abby 430
2 Elfarissi Rita 357
3 Smith James 340
4 Ludford Ruby 325
5 Delfosse Annalise 228

College of Science and Mathematics - 5 Seats

election results for College of Science and Mathematics board of directors

Rank Last Name First Name Votes
1 Ciaccio Gianna 401
2 Collins Mitchell 301
3 Alexander Ethan 213
4 Wetzel Tim 31
5 Miknich Kaitlin 14

Orfalea College of Business - 5 Seats

election results for Orfalea College of Business board of directors

Rank Last Name First Name Votes
1 Trapani Gabi 373
2 Bell Matthew 356
3 Czerny Daniela 347
4 Hensley Denise 315
5 Le Adriena 297

Resources

Qualifications

ASI Student Government positions include the ASI President, ASI Chief of Staff, ASI Executive Cabinet, Chair of the Board, Vice Chair of the Board, ASI Board of Directors, Chair of the University Union Advisory Board, Vice Chair of the University Union Advisory Board, and the University Union Advisory Board.

  1. 1 Must be regularly admitted and enrolled as a matriculating student at Cal Poly earning a minimum of 9 undergraduate units per quarter or 4 graduate units per quarter while holding office
    1. a The ASI President must maintain 12 undergraduate units per quarter or 8 graduate units per quarter while holding office in order to receive the scholarship
    2. b The ASI Chair of the Board must maintain 12 undergraduate units per quarter or 8 graduate units per quarter while holding office in order to receive the scholarship
    3. c The Chair of the University Union Advisory Board must maintain 12 undergraduate units per quarter or 8 graduate units per quarter while holding office in order to receive the scholarship
    4. d ASI Chief of Staff must maintain 12 undergraduate units per quarter or 8 graduate units per quarter while holding office in order to receive the scholarship
    5. e The ASI Vice Chair of the Board must maintain 12 undergraduate units per quarter or 8 graduate units per quarter while holding office in order to receive the scholarship
    6. f The Vice Chair of the University Union Advisory Board must maintain 12 undergraduate units per quarter or 8 graduate units per quarter while holding office in order to receive the scholarship
  2. 2 Undergraduate students are allowed to earn a maximum of 225 quarter units or 125 percent of the units required for a specific baccalaureate degree objective, whichever is greater. Graduate and credential students are allowed to earn a maximum of 75 quarter units or 167 percent of the units required for the graduate or credential objective, whichever is greater. Students holding more than this number of units will no longer be eligible for major student government office
  3. 3 A minimum 2.0 cumulative Cal Poly GPA and a minimum 2.3 quarterly GPA at the time of filing for office (based on Winter Quarter GPA), which reflects a current academic status that is above average
  4. 4 Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 quarterly GPA during office, as required by the CSU Trustee.
  5. 5 Must be available during term of office. The ordinary term of office for Corporate Officers shall be one year, commencing on the day after the close of Spring Quarter and ending on the last day of the following Spring Quarter
    1. a The ASI President is required to be on campus during his/her full term.
      1. i If enrolled in summer classes at Cal Poly, the summer scholarship award shall be for the full cost of education for the summer term, including both the living expense and academic components. If not enrolled in summer classes at Cal Poly, the scholarship award shall be limited to the amount of the living expense component of the cost of education for the summer term.
    2. b The Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the University Union Advisory Board.
      1. i If residing in San Luis Obispo during the summer for at least 9 weeks, the scholarship amount awarded shall be the living expense component of the cost of education for the summer term. If not residing in San Luis Obispo during the summer or for at least 9 weeks, there will be no scholarship awarded for summer quarter. Must not be on academic, disciplinary or administrative probation.

Instant Run-off Voting

Instant Run-off Voting will be used in the ASI Election for Presidential Candidates only.

instant run-off voting explained

How instant run-off voting works

Ballots are initially distributed based on each elector’s first preference. If a candidate secures more than half of the votes cast (51%), that candidate wins. Otherwise, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Ballots assigned to eliminated candidates are recounted and assigned to one of the remaining candidates based on the next preference on each ballot. This process continues until one candidate wins by obtaining more than half the votes.

For example:
If there were four candidates for ASI President (Sally, Tom, Bridget and Joe), and 9,500 Cal Poly students voted, one candidate would need to receive 4,751 (51%) votes to be elected. The following is an example of how that might occur:
Round One:
Sally: 3,786
Tom: 2,412
Bridget: 2,111
Joe: 1,191

Since Joe received the fewest number of votes, he would be eliminated. Voters that chose Joe for their first choice would have their vote cast to their second choice pick. Once those votes were distributed, the vote count was:
Round Two:
Sally: 4,197
Tom: 2,579
Bridget: 2,724

Since a majority was not received by any candidate, the candidate with the fewest number of votes would be eliminated (Tom). Voters that chose Tom for their first choice would have their vote cast for their second choice. Once those votes were distributed, the vote count was:
Round Three:
Sally: 5,412
Bridget: 4,088

Since Sally received a majority of votes, she would be elected as the new ASI President.

FAQs

The ASI Election Code governs all ASI Elections including the Annual Spring Election and Special Elections. The ASI Election Code’s policies and procedures promote the educational mission of the University, prevent violations of reasonable campus rules, avoid interference with the opportunity of other students to obtain an education, and minimize distractions from the University’s larger education mission.
ASI Board of Directors are required to attend a weekly Board Workshop and a bi-weekly Board meeting. Other meetings include Standing Committees, University-wide committee meetings and special events. ASI Board Members weekly time requirement is approximately of 8–10 hours a week. Please review the ASI Board of Directors Responsibility Guide for details on the specific responsibilities.

ASI President: To be effective and represent the student body to their fullest potential, it is essential for the ASI President to be present and active in the corporation. All commitments considered, the time required for the position of ASI President is in excess of 40 hours per week throughout the entire year. Please review the ASI President Responsibility Guide for details on the specific responsibilities.
As the only elected-at-large student leader of the ASI Officer Team, the goals of the ASI President are achieved and implemented with the assistance of the appointed Executive Cabinet. The ASI President shall represent the general student body (student advocacy) and act as the official representative and host of the Associated Students, Inc. to the administration of the University and general public.
The ASI Board of Directors serves as the legislative body of ASI and the official representative voice of Cal Poly students. Members of the ASI Board of Directors are elected representatives of a 501c3 non-profit corporation. The ASI Board of Directors meet bi-weekly to conduct official business of ASI and to represent the official voice of Cal Poly students.
Yes, there are two branches of Student Government that are appointed positions.

The University Union Advisory Board (UUAB) makes recommendations to the University President and ASI Executive Director about the ASI-managed facilities Julian McPhee University Union, Cal Poly Recreation Center, and Sports Complex. Members engage in program assessment, budgeting and facility planning. Recruitment begins in April.

ASI Executive Cabinet members are appointed by the ASI President and the ASI Chief of Staff to fulfill ASI President objectives. Executive Cabinet members create ways for students to get involved in campus life and build community relationships. Recruitment begins late April.
To withdraw from candidacy, candidates MUST fill out a withdrawal form and turn in to the ASI Recruitment and Development Committee. The withdrawal form is found in the documents and forms section of the ASI Elections page. If a candidate withdraws, any votes cast for the candidate will be void.
The Write-In Candidate Packets for ASI President or ASI Board of Directors must be submitted to the ASI Business Office within 24 hours of the closing of the polls. Those wishing to register as a write-in candidate may do so prior to the closing of the polls. Once write-in candidacy registration is completed those persons will be considered candidates and must adhere to all election campaign rules and guidelines.
Cal Poly students may only vote for Board of Director candidates from their own college. No votes may be cast for candidates outside of their own college.
The campaign close-out statement is a required document for ASI Presidential candidates and is optional for ASI Board of Directors candidates. The final campaign close-out statement must be submitted to ASI Elections e-mail (asielections@calpoly.edu) or dropped off in the ASI Business Office no later than Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. The campaign close-out statement is found in the 'Documents & Forms' tab.

Per the ASI Election Code, the cost of a presidential campaign shall not exceed $2,000 in total campaign expenditures from all sources. Candidates for ASI President must complete the campaign close-out statement and include all expenditures and all receipts for expenditures, including donated materials used by candidates and their campaign workers. The estimated value of campaign materials is subject to verification by the Recruitment and Development Committee. Any misleading or fraudulent campaign close-out statements made by a candidate, pre-candidate, or write-in candidate shall be considered an election violation and subject to disciplinary action.
If you experience a problem on your Cal Poly Portal (login, password, or Vote page) contact Cal Poly ITS at 805-756-7000.
If you experience a problem with computer kiosks in an ASI Facility, contact ASI IT at 805-756-1581.
Paper ballots are available in the Dean of Students Office (Bldg. 65, Rm. 217) for students who are not able to vote electronically.

Documents & Forms

ASI Board of Directors Candidates

ASI BOD Write-In Candidate Packet

In this packet you will find information on meetings, requirements, and the necessary forms to become an eligible write-in candidate.

The completed candidate packet is due to the ASI Business Office, UU212, within 24 hours of closing of the polls.
Late packets will not be accepted.

ASI BOD Responsibility Guide

This document shows the duties and responsibilities as a Board member to the Cal Poly student body.

These responsibilities are derived from the ASI Bylaws.

ASI BOD Candidate Withdrawal Form

Form F: In the event that a candidate wishes to withdraw from candidacy, they must notify the Chair of the Recruitment & Development Committee by completing this form.

ASI BOD Close-Out Statement

This document is acknowledgement that all campaign policies and procedures were followed.

ASI Presidential Candidates

ASI Presidential Write-In Candidate Packet

In this packet you will find information on meetings, requirements, and the necessary forms to become an eligible write-in candidate.

The completed candidate packet is due to the ASI Business Office, UU212, within 24 hours of closing of the polls.
Late packets will not be accepted.

ASI President Responsibility Guide

This document shows the duties and responsibilities as ASI President to the Cal Poly student body.

These responsibilities are derived from the ASI Bylaws.

ASI Presidential Candidate Withdrawal Form

Form F: In the event that a candidate wishes to withdraw from candidacy, they must notify the Chair of the Recruitment & Development Committee by completing this form.

ASI Presidential Close-Out Statement

This document is required and is acknowledgement that all campaign policies and procedures were followed.

This campaign close-out statement is to be used for general tax purposes of the candidate

General Documents

Election Code

The ASI Election Code is the governing document for ASI Elections. This document outlines all policies and parameters all candidates must follow.

Qualifications for Office

This document is the policy of the California State University (CSU) that student office holders and system-wide committee appointments have an obligation to demonstrate academic involvement, achievement, and progress.

Election Timeline

This document outlines important meetings, events, and requirements for Candidates.

Additional documents are available at Student Government Forms and Policies.