As Elizabeth Adkins’ year in office approaches its conclusion, a new student government election cycle, bolstered by rules changes and new regulations, will begin here in Chapel Hill.
Last year’s split of the student government into undergraduate and graduate bodies brought logistical changes to the voting. Now, students will vote initially on a student body presidential candidate, who can be either an undergraduate or graduate student. The winner will serve as the president of both the groups of students, and the losing group will have a second election to find their president.
The student body president will preside over the Joint Governance Council, a body created last year to hear the issues that pertain to both student bodies. Additionally, the student body president will have a seat at the Board of Trustees, where they can make the board aware of the student body’s concerns.
The election will take place on heellife.com from 12 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Feb. 13, with petition signatures due Feb. 6. The student body president will be elected by instant-runoff voting, meaning voters will rank their preferences, according to the University's Constitution.
"Each first preference shall count as one vote. The candidate who holds the fewest first preferences is eliminated, and ballots assigned to the eliminated candidates are recounted and assigned to one of the remaining candidates based on the preference of each ballot," the Constitution says.