Delegates Choose the TISL Executive Council
The election of officers for the coming year is one of the most exciting parts of the General Assembly for many delegates.
Any TISL delegate can run for a seat on next year's Executive Council. Officers' terms begin when the General Assembly adjourns in November and continue until the end of the next General Assembly.
Officers are limited to a single term by the Constitution, so current officers won't be running for re-election.
Candidates must win by a majority of votes cast. Sometimes a second-ballot runoff is necessary immediately after the first ballot.
All candidates must attend a candidates meeting on Friday night after adjournment. The time and place are on the General Assembly Schedule.
TISL's structure parallels the State of Tennessee, and officers are elected as they would be in state government.
The Governor is elected by "delegates at large" to approximate the concept of a statewide election used to pick the Governor of Tennessee.
Who are delegates at large?
Delegates at large includes:
In addition, members of these groups are automatically eligible to vote, over and above the basic group of delegates:
Someone who qualifies in more than one category can only vote once. For example, the Chief Justice is a member of the Supreme Court and a member of the Executive Council. Nonetheless, he/she gets one vote. Voting rights are non-transferable.
Who decides who votes from my college?
The Head Delegate, as designated by the college, decides who votes in the Senate, who votes in the House and who votes for Governor as a delegate at large.
Can lobbyists and TISL Media participants vote?
They can vote for Governor, if they are designated by the Head Delegate as part of the college's delegation.
Can AMC3 lawyers vote for Governor?
The first AMC3 team from each college can vote by law. Additional AMC3 lawyers may vote if they are designated by the Head Delegate as part of the college's delegation.
What if I am elected to the Executive Council and change colleges in the middle of my term?
In TISL's eyes, that doesn't matter as long as you transfer to a college in Tennessee.
It's not even necessary for the college to which you transfer to have a TISL delegation. You hold your office if you are enrolled in a Tennessee college or university for spring and fall semesters.
TISL nominates the student members of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. Click here for a special web page about those elections.
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