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Amendment to the CCSC Constitution Passed 25 0 0 Article VII.

I. Ballot Initiatives and Referenda Upon the presentation to CCSC of a petition signed by at least 10% of the Columbia College student body, CCSC can vote to pass the proposed resolution. CCSC can amend aspects of the resolution and pass it, but the original question will go directly to a vote by students if at least 10% of the student body signs onto a petition rejecting the proposed amendment(s). If CCSC fails to vote in favor of any initiative, the question is then automatically put to a vote by CC students. By a majority vote, CCSC can also pose a question to voters (a referendum) rather than voting on a resolution. Petitioners are guaranteed 5 minutes of floor time at the next CCSC meeting, although they are not required to use it. In normal circumstances, voting on the question shall occur during the next election period, including special election periods. The question shall appear in the electronic ballot used by the Elections Board with the options pass, fail, and abstain. In order for a question to pass, the number of votes in favor of the resolution must exceed both the number of votes against and in abstention. At least 30% voter participation is required for a vote put to the student body to be valid. Upon passage, such matters may be amended or repealed by a subsequent majority vote. If an issue is particularly pressing, CCSC can vote with a 2/3 majority to hold a vote on a particular date or set of dates. When CCSC sets the date, the vote must take place within the academic year that the resolution becomes eligible to appear on the ballot. In this case, the question shall appear in an electronic ballot created by CCSC, with the same conditions as stated above. When the Elections Board does not oversee the process, CCSC is responsible for publicizing the vote through a school-wide email and other forms of ground and online outreach. If two or more conflicting initiatives pass in the same voting period, all non-conflicting language shall be enacted. Among the conflicting parts, the language of the measure receiving the highest number of votes shall be enacted. A qualifying petition can be either 1) in writing, with signatures accompanied by UNIs, or 2) online, with electronic signatures accompanied by UNIs. In both cases, however, petitioners must provide the student council with a typed list of UNIs. All signatures must automatically be confirmed within 72 hours after the resolution is proposed, unless the petition was already signed through an authenticated system. If individuals do not respond to confirmation requests sent to their Columbia email addresses 72 hours after confirmation is requested, their signatures are no longer counted. Only students enrolled in Columbia College at the time of the petition will be counted in the total. The size of the Columbia College student body will be defined as the total enrollment in the College at the time the resolution is sent to the council.