Thanks to new online voting software, the office of student life is hoping for a larger than usual turnout during this years Associated Students (AS) executive board elections.

General election candidate application packets for the AS board are available in the Office of Student Life, CC-105, and must be turned in to office staff no later than April 1, 4 p.m.

This year, students will receive a message to their school-provided email address including a link that will allow them to vote only once, and only during the permitted voting days on April 20 and 21.

During those times, students will be able to vote for nine vice presidents, each concerning a different area of student government; a student trustee, who represents students to the Board of Trustees; and a Chief Justice of the Supreme Council, who ensures AS compliance with their governing documents.

Carrie Afuso, student affairs advisor, encouraged students to apply while also cautioning about the workload involved.

“What a lot of folks don’t realize is the amount of commitment this takes. Because they really are truly involved in the governance of the college,” Afuso said.

It recent years it has been a struggle to get students to apply for positions, leading to some late-semester appointments.

Students submitting applications must meet certain requirements such as having completed 12 units at PCC and maintaining a 2.0 GPA. There are also some personality traits that are highly recommended, according to Ricardo Patlan, vice president of external affairs.

“Certainly people look for someone who is passionate and someone who has some experience in leadership,” Patlan said.

In addition to executive board candidates, some AS constitutional amendments will be on the ballot. Among them will be an amendment to establish the supremacy of AS Constitution over all other governing documents and one that changes the process for the executive board to call special meetings. Any changes to the constitution must be approved by two-thirds of student voters.

AS executive officers typically receive a stipend courtesy of the Flea Market on condition of fulfilling all of their duties.

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