Student Government Elections

The ISU Student Government elections are held annually in the Spring for Senators and Executive offices. Every student is represented by two senators — one for their residency and one for their college. Students wishing to fill Senate offices must reside in their residency constituency for the following year or must be enrolled in the college they are wishing to run for.

Student Government has 15 constituencies, one for each college on campus (including the Graduate College and Veterinary Medicine) and one for each of the residency constituencies including Frederiksen Court, Interfraternity, Panhellenic, Off-Campus, Residence Halls and SUV. 

Any Iowa State student who is enrolled at least part-time is eligible to run for Executive office or a Senate seat. The student body will be able to vote for the executive office and the candidates running to represent their constituencies on vote.iastate.edu. Feel free to contact the Election Commission for any questions.

Official Voting Website:

How To Run

The Student Government elections are held annually in the Spring for students to run for either Senate seat or for Executive office. Before a student can run for office, they must attend a candidate information session and submit a Statement of Intent. 

Candidate information sessions serve as a venue for the Election Commission to go over Election Code, review senator and executive candidate roles in Student Government, and answer any questions that prospective candidates may have. Information sessions for the 2024 election cycle will be posted soon.

For more information on running for office or any questions, please contact the Election Commission. For important election documents, please click on the link relevant to which office you intend to run for. If you plan to run, please submit your Statement of Intent form to the Election Commissioner.


2024 Election Timeline

Informative Sessions

These sessions are required for individuals interested in running for Student Government office. A statement of intent form is required to complete your registration for the ballot.
If unable to attend any of the dates relevant to the office sought, please contact Election Commissioner Clayton.

Senatorial Informative Sessions

Monday, January 22, 6:00 pm – MU Gold Room

Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 pm – MU Cardinal Room

Wednesday, January 24, 6:00 pm – MU Gold Room

Thursday, January 25, 6:00 pm – MU Oak Room

Friday, January 26, 6:00 pm – MU Gold Room

Statement of Intent Due: January 29, 5:00 pm


Executive Informative Sessions

Tuesday, January 23, 6:40 pm – MU Cardinal Room

Thursday, January 25, 6:40 pm – MU Oak Room




Statement of Intent Due: February 2, 5:00 pm

Petition Deadlines for Referendum & Student Initiatives: Friday, February 16, 5:00 pm

Petition Deadline for Executive Slates: Friday, February 16, 5:00 pm

CAMPAIGN START DATE: Saturday, February 3, 8:00 am

Vice Presidential Debate: Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 pm – MU Durham Great Hall

Presidential Debate: Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 pm – MU Durham Great Hall

GENERAL ELECTION DATE: Tuesday, March 5, 12:00 am to Wednesday, March 6, 11:59 pm

Election Results Announcement: Friday, March 8

Final Expense Revenue Disclosure Due Date for Senate Candidates and Executive Slates: Friday, March 1, 5:00 pm

More Information

Report a Violation

Election Commission’s mission is to ensure fair and proper administration of Student Government Elections are tasked with investigating potential violations of Election Code. If you have any information, please feel free to report any violations of the Election Code to the Election Commission.

View Public Records

Election Commission meets weekly (spring 2024 meeting time TBD). These meetings are available and accessible to the general public.

All governmental bodies are required to publish Open Meeting and Open Records and provide access to the general public under Chapter 21 and Chapter 22 of Iowa Code. Any records or questions should be addressed to the Election Commission Secretary. 

Meeting information is provided on all Election Commission meeting agendas.

Important Documents