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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. Any petition of this nature can only obtain ballot access once a requisite number of valid student signatures have been obtained. The Elections Commission is responsible for verifying these petitions and to facilitate ease of access for both the Commission and Stanford students, all petitions must be submitted to the Commission using the petitioning.stanford.edu platform. There a few categories that must follow this process:

  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.

Please note that only currently enrolled Stanford students' signatures are considered valid. Neither the Elections Commission, nor the ASSU, has the authority to determine who is a Stanford student, and as such, all signatures will be verified using the most recently available enrollment data from the University.