It's January, and that means it's time for the annual SMT Presidential Election. (Yes, that's right... The rumors aren't true- I didn't declare myself Emperor and dissolve the senate. ) Note: I'm writing these rules on the fly here, so if anyone objects to anything, let me know. CANDIDATES: Anyone who has attended at least three SMT events in the past year, and is 18 years or older, can run for the office. (This is to insure that the candidate is serious about taking the job.) They can have their choice of either a running mate, or allow the runner-up to serve as their VP. If you'd like to throw your hat in the ring, then do so in this thread. The deadline for declaring your candidacy will be Saturday, January 15th at noon. ELECTION OFFICIALS: The actual election will commence Sunday, January 16th. I will ask our RSA ,Mandy (Minacia Brightstar), to act as our election official. (If Mandy is unavailable, the I'll ask another RSA or GSA to fill the role.) VOTING: Again, voting will commence on Sunday, January 16th at 12:01 am and will end at midnight on Sunday, January 30th. You may vote only once using your primary screen name within the voting time frame. Only those who have attended an SMT event will be eligible. Subsequent votes using sock puppets will not be accepted. All votes will be PMed to the named election official under the subject "SMT Presidential Election", and will include your choice of candidate and your real first name. Should you fail to include your real first name, the vote will not be counted. (Think of the first name requirement as your SMT Voter's Registration Card). The election official shall have every right to investigate any irregularities involving voting, and can contact you or any of your fellow SMT members should any questions arise regarding eligibility. ELECTION RESULTS: The Election Official will declare a winner on Monday, January 31st. (or as late as Tuesday, February 1st to allow for personal scheduling conflicts.) Should a tie occur, and neither candidate wishes to concede, a run-off election will occur on Wednesday, February 2nd from 12:01 am until midnight and the winner will be declared on Friday, February 4th. UNANIMOUS INCUMBENT SUPPORT AND "NO CONTEST" ELECTIONS: Should all SMT members who are eligible to vote decide that the current president should remain in office, and the incumbent president wishes to remain in office, and no other eligible member wishes to declare his/her candidacy, then the election will be considered unnecessary. This can only be decided on after the allotted time frame for declaration of candidacy for election has expired. Should the Incumbent president decide not to accept another term, the Vice President may accept the presidency if he/she so desires. Should the Incumbent President decide to remain in office, but the VP wishes to give up the office, then the president shall choose a new VP. The same rules shall apply in cases of "No Contest" elections. Should no one decide to run for the office of president, and the Incumbent president and the Vice President wishes to leave office, then an open call for candidates will be placed again exactly one month later and the process shall take place in the following month. This will be repeated until a president has been elected or declared. __________________________________________ There. All contingencies should be covered.