Associated Students Elections are held each year during the Spring Semester. During this time, officers are elected to serve as the student government. These positions include the A.S.President, Vice President and Senators representing each of the 8 colleges and Senators representing upper division, lower division and graduates . The elections takes place online, making it easy for students to vote from any computer location.
How to Vote
Want to vote?
Check your CSUN Gmail April 1 and 2nd. Follow the link to your personalized ballot and then vote. You will be emailed a receipt of your vote. It's that easy!!
You may also vote on campus at Matador Walk and Bookstore Lawn. Free In-N-Out for the first 500 voters both days!
How to Run
- 2.5 undergraduate, 3.0 graduate cumulative CSUN GPA at the time of filing
- 2.5 cumulative CSUN GPA
- Be enrolled in at least 9 undergrad or 6 graduate units
Must have completed 60 units of college work, at least 6 undergraduate or 3 graduate units at CSUN
Must have completed 45 units
- Must have declared a major in the respective college
- Must complete 24 units before the start of their term
- 9 in their college, except college of education
Must be defined as lower/upper/graduate by the registrars
For more detailed eligibility requirements check Article V of our constitution
The filing application will be available here on February 15.
To check who is running in the AS Elections, visit our voter's guide.
AS Presidential Debate
How to Run for AS Office
Potential candidate info sessions including info on slates, running independent, duties of a Senator, time commitments, benefits, etc
- December 2, 2015 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
- January 28, 2016 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- February 24, 2016 with AS Awareness
- March 7, 2016 at 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Monday, February 15, 2016
Election Filing Opens Online
All candidates must file online. Candidates may begin to campaign as soon as they have electronically filed
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Street Team Applications
All street team applicants must file online by March 28, 2016.
Monday, March 14, 2016 3:00pm
Elections Filing Closes
Candidates may begin to campaign as soon as they have electronically filed.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 & Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Mandatory Candidate Orientation Meeting and Workshops
- Candidate or Campaign Manager must attend Orientation
- All candidates must attend two additional workshops listed below
The meeting on Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm will be at the Van Nuys Room. The meeting on Wednesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm will be in the Glendale Room.
- Monday, March 28, 2016 11:30am to 12:30pm
- Monday, March 28, 2016 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Tuesday, March 29, 2015 1:00pm to 2:00pm
AS Finance 101
- Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:30am to 12:30pm
- Wednesday, March 30, 2016 1:00pm to 2:00pm
- Monday, March 28, 2016 1:00pm to 2:00pm
- Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:30pm to 3:30pm
- Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:30am to 12:30pm
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:00pm
Last day to edit Candidate Bios/Pictures
Any candidate who has not submitted their picture by March 30, 12:00pm, must take one at the photo session or not have one placed in the ballot.
Friday, April 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Candidate Photo Session
An AS photographer will be available to take all candidate photos for ballot. These are the only pictures that may go on the ballet unless you have already submitted the photo you are going to use by March 30, 12:00pm.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:30pm
The debate will take place at the Grand Salon. The presidential candidate and the vice presidential candidate must attend. All other candidatse are recommended to attend.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 8:00am
Filing for competition opens
Friday, March 28, 2016 4:00pm
Filing for competition closes
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:00am - Thursday, April 14, 2016 6:00pm
Students can vote through their CSUN Gmail account.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
On Campus Voting
Candidates may vote on campus at the Arbor Grill, Greek Quad, and Matador Bookstore.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
On Campus Voting
Candidates may vote on campus at the Arbor Grill, Greek Quad, and Matador Bookstore.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Election Results Reveal Event
All candidates must attend this event in the Lake Balboa Room
Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:30pm
Voting Results Posted
Friday, April 15, 2016 4:00pm
Candidate Formal Complaints Due
Complaints are due to the AS Student Leadership Office by 4:00pm.
Friday, April 15, 2015 4:00pm
Candidate Financial Statements Due
Financial Statements are due to the AS Student Leadership Office by 4:00pm.
Monday, May 2, 2016 9:00am
Senate accepts Election Results
Meet & Greet with the newly elected senators at the Grand Salon. Newly elected senators are invited to view a senate meeting and sit alongside a senator.
AS Leadership Retreat
Mandatory retreat for all 2016-2017 AS Board of Directors
Monday, June, 1, 2016
First Day in Office
First Senate Meeting
- March 16 - Last day for Senate to approve referenda for the Spring 2016 ballot (28 days prior to election)
March 16- USU must give AS list of their candidates (28 days prior to election)
- March 30 - Last day for AS to place survey questions on ballot (14 days prior)
- April 4 - Elections Advisor determines eligibility for candidates (1 week after filing closes)
- Locations - All locations may be subject to change based on availability of facilities or other unforeseen circumstances. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.
- Monday, March 21 - Saturday, March 26, 2016: Spring Break (No classes)
- Thursday, March 31, 2016: Cesar Chavez Day (Campus closed; no classes)
Download and review the Elections Code.
Policy on Posting of Literature
A privilege enjoyed by University Recognized and Associated Students chartered student clubs or organizations and University departments is the publicizing of events and activities on campus. The Associated Students (A.S.) maintains 6 bulletin boards, and there are also several board located in departmental areas.
One method of publicizing is to post material in appropriately designated areas. It is strictly forbidden for handbills or circulars of any kind to be affixed to trees, walls, doors, windows, light poles, or cars in the parking lots.
The following are policies and procedures governing posting on campus:
- The time limit for posting on Associated Students boards is three weeks for A.S. Sponsored events and two weeks for others. On-going services sponsored by A.S. may be posted indefinitely as space provides. The time limit for University Student Union (USU) boards is two weeks for all groups.
- There are 6 A.S. bulletin boards which are labeled with an identification card. A list of approved bulletin boards is available in the Matador Involvement Center (USU Room 121).
- Other bulletin boards and display areas such as classrooms have been reserved for departmental and faculty use. They are not for A.S. purposes or individual use, unless approved by the appropriate department.
- All materials to be posted must clearly bear name of the sponsoring organization or department, must be no larger than 11 ½” x 14 ½”, and must be stamped “APPROVED FOR POSTING” by the Matador Involvement Center. Organizations are cautioned that they must bear the responsibility for any materials they wish to display on campus. As sponsors, they are subject to the same laws applying to private individuals, including libel, defamation, sedition, and the regulations cited in Section 42352, Article IX of Title V.
- Only non-commercial literature may be posted. University regulations prohibit the use of bulletin boards for commercial advertising by individuals, groups, organizations, or commercial entities.
- Associated Students provides a posting service through the Matador Involvement Center. However, it is sometimes more expeditious to post your own material. If you wish to use the posting service, material should be left at the Matador Involvement Center. Only one flyer per board for each event is allowed. All others will be immediately removed.
- Any materials posted covering other materials will be removed.
- Materials posted by a University Recognized and Associated Students chartered student club or organization and University departments must not conflict with policies of the State of California or with those of California State University, Northridge. They may not include the name of CSUN unless that name is a recognized portion of the organization’s name, or unless it is an activity sponsored by CSUN. Otherwise, the name CSUN may not be used to designate the location of the event.
- NON-COMMERCIAL NOTICES: Individual students may place personal, non-commercial notices on 3” x 5”cards, as space permits, on A.S. boards. These notices may include advertisements offering for sale personal property owned by members of the campus community. These cards must be dated and are subject to a two week time limit for posting.
Policy on Distribution of Literature
Non-Commercial Literature: Students, student organizations, employees of the University, and persons not associated with the University may distribute non-commercial literature on campus in compliance with campus regulations. Non-commercial is defined as any “written or printed matter devoted to the expression of views, opinions, beliefs or contentions relating to, or the notices or announcements or meetings to be held for the discussion of religious, political, or sociological subjects, or public or private civic affairs, or other controversies, or which treat any social or economic order or which relate to the arts or sciences or which otherwise are not distributed for the purpose of soliciting business…” (Section 42352, Title V, Chapter 5 Education Code).
Commercial Literature: Only currently enrolled students sponsored by a University Recognized and Associated Students chartered student club or organization and presently employed faculty and staff sponsored by an organization of University employees at CSUN may distribute commercial literature on campus as part of the activity of that group or organization. Commercial literature is defined (Section 42352, Title V, Chapter 5 California Administration Code) as “any commercial advertising, hand-billing or circulars… distributed for the purpose of advertising any merchandise, commodity, property, business, service, art, or skill, offered, sold or rendered for hire, reward, price, or profit…”. All commercial literature must be distributed free of charge. Any students desiring a copy of commercial literature must be given the material without obligation, e.g. an address or membership card.
Procedures: Persons interested in distributing literature must complete the “Application for Permit to Distribute Literature” in the Matador Involvement Center, stating their awareness of campus policies regarding all facets of distributing literature on campus and their subsequent responsibility in fulfilling these obligations. Sample copies of the literature to be distributed must be submitted to the Matador Involvement Center, inside the University Student Union, Room 121, and be stamped “Received for Distribution.” This regulation is to protect the organization in the event that an individual should be questioned regarding the distribution of the material.
One copy of any material to be distributed will be retained in the Matador Involvement Center for information purposes only. One stamped copy must be processed by each distributor and produced on request. This copy will serve as a permit for distribution. It is expected that the organization and individuals disseminating material will take all possible precautions to preserve the beauty and order of the campus, including picking up from University grounds any materials handed out by the organization. Materials may be distributed at any time on campus. Material stamped “Received for Distribution” may not be posted on campus bulletin boards. No material may be affixed to walls; light posts, or otherwise displayed, or put on cars in the parking lots.
Locations: Literature may be distributed in all outside areas on campus and is prohibited in buildings. The distribution of literature, the setting up of tables or similar furniture may not limit traffic flow; interfere with classes in session or students studying in the library. “It must be carried out without shouting, voice amplification or other noise louder normal conversation and without deliberate provocation, harassment, or disturbance of the peace” (President’s Directive, March 1969).