What does Running Mean?

Running for an election is one of the ways to get involved in USG. Under this tab, you will fund information about the positions for which you may run, the process you need to follow in order to run, and the strategies you may use to run effectively.

The Elections Commissioner is responsible for administering USG elections. This year, Will Jones (william-a-jones@uiowa.edu) will serve as the Elections Commissioner. He will ensure that the USG elections are administered fairly. Will will be a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to run. Please reach out to him with any and all questions.

What are the Dates I Need to Know?

  • Collecting Petition Signatures: Monday, February 21st at 8:00 p.m - Friday, March 11th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Campaigning: Sunday, March 20th at 8:00 p.m. - Wednesday, March 30th at 5:00 p.m.
    • President & Vice President Candidate Town Hall: Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
      • Zoom Meeting ID: 924 0076 7670
      • Passcode: 758457
  • Voting: Monday, March 28th at 8:00 a.m. - Wednesday, March 30th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Certification of Results: Thursday, March 31st
  • Announcement of Results: Friday, April 1st

How Can I Run?

Check out the following graphics with more information on how to run during the 2022 election cycle. 

If you are interested in running for student government, you MUST attend a candidate interest meeting. The two candidate interest meetings are listed below:

Monday, February 21st, @ 8PM --> Zoom

Friday, March 4th, @ 5PM --> Iowa Theater, 166 IMU

Contains the text "How to Run for USG (there are four different ways)"


Contains the text "1. President and Vice President - Two people run on an "Executive Ticket" and create a campaign together"
2. Senator Ticket - Up to twenty people create a campaign together
Contains the text "3. Independent Senator - Run independently- At least seven seats must be filled by independent senators"


4. Constituency Senator - Run independently for any of the eight constituencies - Constituency Senators are elected by the constituency they represent. International, black, disability, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Asian Pacific Islander, Veteran, Native American