Walking around campus, you may have noticed some small but distinct changes that have cropped up over the past couple of weeks. Signs with logos, faces and captions seemed to crop up over night, massive bubbles floated through the Quad from The Stallions.
So what is causing this new wave of creative promotions throughout Texas State’s campus? What is responsible for the sudden artistic expression in the form of signs and bubbles? Why, the ASG elections of course!
Every year the Associated Student Government has a presidential and vice presidential election akin to the national elections held every 4 years in the United States. The ASG campaign season runs for about a month each spring. Each candidate works very hard share their campaign platforms . Just like other political campaigns, candidates have public appearances,spend time in the Quad talking to students, and use as many other ways as possible to get their names in the open. Candidates even take place in a presidential debate.
The campaigning process this year began two weeks earlier than in previous years and political hopefuls have already begun getting the student body familiar with what their campaign is all about. So far there have been many outlets used besides being physically present on campus. Many of the campaigns have turned to large networks such as Facebook and Twitter to get the word out.
Even with all the presidential and vice presidential contenders hoping for their fair share of votes, those who are running for senator positions for ASG also take part in their own personal campaigning. They can run on what’s known as a “Ticket”, which is a group of senator candidates who are aligned with a particular potential president and vice president, or just run solo. It’s kind of like being a part of a specific political party. However, regardless of whether senators are affiliated with a ticket not, they can still be elected by a majority vote from the student body. It is the same with president and vice president. A president who is running can be elected without the vice president they ran with, and vice versa. It’s all up to the amount of votes they receive.
Here’s where YOU, THE STUDENT come in. Without the student body’s support ASG doesn’t work, which is why every political hopeful this year needs sudents to get involved with the voting process. This year voting days will be April 3rd and 4th. Polling locations will be in several locations, including the LBJ Student Center. So come out and let your voice be heard these two days, and remember that just one vote can make the difference.