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[Special Fees] Reminders for groups applying for Special Fees and petitioning

Quinn Slack sqs at
Tue Feb 23 04:37:49 PST 2010

To all groups applying for Special Fees who will petition:

1) We have already received and posted many groups' petitions. The  
petition deadline is next Friday, March 5, at 4pm. If you have not  
submitted your petition to us, you should do so ASAP. See 
  for instructions and email us at elections at  
with questions. If you're still working on your budget for a petition,  
email us to check in so we can help you and so we don't get worried  
about you.

2) The petition deadline is next Friday, March 5, at 4pm, as set by  
the ASSU Joint Bylaws. You must have the required number of valid  
signatures on your petition by that time. If you do not, your fee  
request will not be on the ballot and your group will receive $0 in  
Special Fees (you're still eligible for $6-7,000 in General Fees).

The petition process plays an important role in ensuring that the  
Special Fees system is responsive to students, even if it just seems  
annoying to you all as FOs. At least once in the recent past, the  
petition deadline has been unlawfully extended to give *all* groups  
enough time to petition for *all* Special Fee requests. Such  
extensions prevent students from giving more nuanced feedback on your  
budget than just "yes" or "no," and unlawful extensions put your  
funding at risk of being challenged the following year and revoked.  
Based primarily on student feedback but also on the ASSU Constitution  
and Joint Bylaws, the Elections Commission will not extend the  
deadline this year. To be blunt: almost certainly, some groups will  
fail to petition by the deadline. It's your responsibility as an FO to  
create a reasonable budget that enough students will sign.

3) If you have sent email to the Elections Commission and not yet  
received a response, please resend it to elections at 
. We haven't heard of this happening, but we want to make 100% sure  
nobody sent email to a wrong address and is still waiting to hear from  
us. My personal mobile phone number is below if there's anything super  

4) We are updating the petition site at  
tomorrow so that it shows a list of current Special Fee petitions as  
well as candidate/slate petitions, based on student feedback.

5) We appreciate your suggestions and feedback. You can leave  
anonymous feedback for the Elections Commission at:

[See general Special Fees info at 
. If you've ever wondered where all these Special Fees rules and  
policies come from, read the ASSU Constitution (Article V) and Joint  
Bylaws (Appx II) at ]
Quinn Slack
ASSU Elections Commissioner  |
elections at  |  847-347-8478

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