The Board of Elections Commissioners (BEC) oversees the MSA Presidential elections, MSA Senate elections, and any other referendums that come to a student vote (which includes everything from fee increases or creations to changes to the MSA Constitution).
Members of the Board are primarily charged with writing the rules and regulations governing the Presidential and Senatorial Elections and ensuring that the elections happen in a fair and open manner. The BEC is also capable of hosting debates and other opportunities for students to learn about their prospective representatives.
You can contact the BEC at BEC@missouri.edu.
To vote in an MSA election, visit the official election website: vote.missouri.edu.
How to Run in a Presidential Election
The MSA President and Vice-President run together on a slate during an election held in the spring. The steps below are required to get a slate on the ballot.
- First, collect 500 signatures from students to get on the ballot. This is done through FORM 1.
- Turn in this form by the deadline and at the location set in the BEC Handbook.
- Select a campaign manager and slate name by completing FORM 2 and 3.
- Attend the mandatory advisory meeting. This is typically the Thursday or Friday before campaigning begins. Dates are in the BEC Handbook.
Rules for Presidential Elections
- All slates must abide by the BEC Handbook.
- Campaigns must be civil, respectful, and free from profanity, slander, or libel against another candidate, the Missouri Students Association, or any other campus entity.
- All candidates must adhere to MSA Bylaws, the University M-Book, and applicable state and federal laws.
- The Board of Elections Commissioners (BEC) is the authority on all election law and has the authority to review violations on a case-by-case basis.
- In the event that the BEC feels that a candidate has violated election law or the spirit of the election, they have the authority to impose an infraction on the candidate’s campaign up to and including expulsion from the election. A candidate may appeal this decision. All relevant information regarding this rule will be outlined in the event of an infraction/appeal.
- All relevant questions and notification of rules violations regarding the election can be directed to BEC@missouri.edu.
How to Become a Senator
Running for MSA Senate simply requires completing an application. The application is located on the MSA Senate OrgSync page. Additionally, you can always become an “At-Large” Senator by attending MSA Senate meetings. Reach out to the MSA Speaker for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Files & Forms
All filed slates must attend the election advisory session which will include each slate and their chosen representative(s), the BEC and their appropriate representative(s).
Additional forms are available for download on the MSA Orgsync Page.