If you want to endorse a candidate, please follow these steps:
1. Please fill out this endorsement form using instructions outlined below in Section V: 4 of the EPP.
2. Submit the form to the online dropbox here or in person to the SAO office (HUB 232) before the Endorsement Filing Deadline – May 7th at 5:00PM.
3. The EAC requires at least one officer from every RSO or University recognized student group filing an official endorsement to attend an EAC co-sponsored forum held before the endorsement deadline. Failure of a representative officer to attend will disqualify that RSO or group’s endorsement from being listed in official elections materials or ASUW publications. The EAC will have a check in and check out sheet at each of these events to keep track of attendance. See the EAC calendar for forum dates.
The Elections Policies and Procedures (EPP) states the following about endorsements:
Section V: Endorsements
- “Endorsement” means an action or statement by an individual or group that publicly supports a candidate or ballot measure, including signing an official endorsement form.
- Candidates and ballot measure advocates must not seek endorsements prior to the Campaign Start Date.
- Candidates and ballot measure advocates must not imply endorsement by a person or group without the consent of that person or group. In any complaint alleging a violation of this subsection, it is assumed that consent did not exist, unless an official endorsement form was filed.
- In order for endorsements by Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and University recognized student groups to be published in official election materials and ASUW publications, the endorsement must be registered with the EAC using EAC provided endorsement forms or EAC designated online method. If from an RSO, these forms must include the signatures of at least three of the current officers registered with the SAO at the time the document is submitted. If from another student group, the endorsement form must bear the signatures of three of its current officers. Endorsements submitted online must be certified using UW Net ID to verify RSO or University recognized student group officer status. The EAC additionally requires at least one officer from every RSO or University recognized student group filing an official endorsement to attend an EAC co-sponsored forum held before the endorsement deadline. Failure of a representative officer to attend will disqualify that RSO or group’s endorsement from being listed in official elections materials or ASUW publications. The EAC will have a check in and check out sheet at each of these events to keep track of attendance.
- Candidates, Campaign Managers, and Ballot Measure Advocates cannot serve as the representative for the RSO or University recognized student group.
- No endorsement may be listed in ASUW publications unless it has been officially filed with the EAC in the form prescribed by the EAC. Endorsements by individuals will not be listed in ASUW publications.
- No ASUW employee, volunteer, appointee, entity, or committee may make endorsements in official capacity; and no ASUW equipment or supplies, including employment time or office hours, phones, office machines, office space, and email accounts, may be used for campaign purposes, except as authorized by the EAC. Any candidate or ballot measure advocate receiving an endorsement from an ASUW employee, volunteer, or appointee in personal capacity must, when campaigning with such endorsement, clearly state that such endorsement is in the individual’s personal capacity only.
- All endorsements that appear in the official EAC Endorsement Guide must be received by EAC by the Endorsement Filing Deadline. The EAC Endorsement Guide must provide space for no more than fifteen and no fewer than five endorsements per candidate or ballot measure, as determined by the EAC. If candidates receive more endorsements than are printed in the EAC Endorsement Guide , endorsements selected by the candidate, or randomly chosen by the EAC if no selections are made, will be printed in alphabetical order unless otherwise directed by the candidate or ballot measure advocate. All endorsements will be listed on the ASUW Elections website.
- Proposed statements in favor of and against ballot measures, no more than 150 words in length, may be emailed to the EAC Chair before the Publication Filing Deadline, together with an agreement by the submitter to comply with this EPP if that person has not registered as a Ballot Measure Advocate. The Judicial Committee is responsible for ensuring that there is an author for both a Pro and a Con statement for each ballot measure. If more than two are submitted for each side of a ballot measure, the Judicial Committee shall choose no more than two statements in favor of and two statements against each ballot measure, which will be printed in the Voter’s Guide.