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Referendums

Any student at Stanford has the right to propose legislation for ballot initiatives as long as they meet certain guidelines outlined in the ASSU Constitution. If you would like to propose legislation, please file to be put on the Primary Election ballot through the filing form which will be open March 10-19. Links to the filing form will be posted here and on the elections main page. In order to advance to the general election, the following criteria must be met from the Primary Election ballot.

  1. Advisory Referenda:  For resolutions, “advisory referenda”, or other initiatives whose only purpose is to express an opinion, or to take such symbolic action as may be incidental to the expression of that opinion, a petition must garner signatures from at least 5% of the relevant Association population.

  2. General Initiatives: To seek the enactment of general legislation, a petition must garner signatures from at least 10% of the relevant Association population. Legislation affecting both Graduate and Undergraduate populations must gather signatures from 15% of the entire Stanford student body in order to obtain ballot access.

  3. Call a Special Election: In order to call a special election on a specific issue, a petition must bear the signatures of at least 15% of the relevant Association population.