SPRING STATE ELECTION PROCEDURE
THIS PACKET CONTAINS INFORMATION ON HOW JUNIOR STATE ELECTIONS WORK AND HOW MANY VOTES YOUR CHAPTER MAY CAST.
As a Delegation Leader at Spring State, you have the very important task of polling and announcing your delegation's votes in both the state and regional elections. While the regional elections use a simple "one‐person‐one‐vote" system, the state elections employ a more complex proportional voting system based on the number of tax‐paid members in your chapter. This system ensures that every chapter ‐‐ no matter how large or small, rich or poor ‐‐ is fairly represented in the state elections. Bottom line: The more tax paid members you have, the more votes your chapter may cast!
Additionally, you have the responsibility of making sure that within your own chapter, the votes are tallied fairly. Junior State elections are not popularity contests, and you have the responsibility of ensuring that each of your delegates can cast an independent vote without peer pressure or other factors clouding their judgment. You have the responsibility of making sure that your delegates get information on all of the candidates and that all of the candidates have equal access to your delegation.
If you are personally committed to particular candidates, you certainly should campaign for them vigorously. But as delegation leader, you have the responsibility of informing your delegates where they can get information on other candidates. While tallying votes you should not put any pressure on your delegates to vote for one person over another ‐‐ respect their decision to vote for whom they chose. If you have been outspoken in your support for a candidate, you might want to let someone else in your delegation tally the votes.
Electing your new state and regional officers at Spring State is a very important and educational process. The elected officers are the people who make the important decisions in this organization: the convention and conference themes, the types of publications that are distributed, the programs and projects that are initiated. What you can get out of the Junior State, in part, is determined by the efforts of the elected and appointed officials. Talk to the candidates and ask them about their vision for the organization. Evaluate the candidates on the basis of who has the best plans and who can best implement those plans.
On a broader scale, as leaders in the nation's largest student run organization, next year's officers will be called on to represent not only Junior State members, but all of America's youth. The leaders of The Junior State of America need to be willing and able to expand the organization in bold, new directions and to reach out and include more students in the Junior State experience.