The Congress is made up of 105 seats, each of which consists of between roughly 35 – 75 persons of similar job type. Members of Congress serve for one year term and there is no limit to the number of terms that they may run for.
Congressional elections take place in the spring of each year. In March, candidates will have the opportunity to file for a place on the ballot. Ballots are sent to homes of employees in the month of May. In July, the new members of Congress are orientated and then begin meeting the third Monday of each month thereafter.
There is no limit to the number of persons who may file for the place on the ballot in any one particular Congressional district. In terms of the election, results are tabulated this way – the person with the greatest number of votes wins the seat and serves as the ‘Elected Representative’. The person who receives the second highest number of votes is the ‘Active Alternate’, meaning that if, for any reason, in any particular month the elected member of Congress is unable to attend a meeting, that ‘Active Alternate’ may attend on their behalf and will have full voting and speaking rights on the floor for that day.
Anyone who runs and places behind the second place finisher in the poll is designated as an ‘Inactive Alternate’. Inactive Alternates may only participate if they are elevated to Active Alternate. This takes place if there is a permanent vacancy. For instance, if the Elected Representative were to leave campus employment, the Active Alternate would be elevated to the Representative seat on a permanent basis for the remainder of the term, and the Inactive Alternate would be made the Active Alternate and assume the duties associated with that office.
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