JSA’s Digital Democracy

 JSA Elections

As a student-led organization, the students leading the work of JSA must be elected by the students they represent.  

Fair and transparent elections build legitimacy into the student leadership process and give ownership to those entrusted with leading the student work of JSA.

Since the vast majority of our students are not yet able to vote in elections on the local, state, and federal levels, voting in JSA elections helps prepare them for that process. They are encouraged to do as much research on the candidates as possible so they can make informed decisions. 

At JSA, we strive to ensure our students have tools and resources to create a fully functioning campaign. Student leaders create their campaign strategies and hold candidate forums to allow their fellow JSAers can ask questions and gain more insight into their strategy to create an even better JSA.

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Our Digital Democracy

At JSA, we believe a fair democracy is an equitable democracy. That is why we have taken how we view democracy in a digital lens. Our students know the importance and the privilege that comes with voting and want to ensure that their voices are heard no matter where they are.

Online voting is allowing JSA to expand the voting experience to even more of our student activists. We are teaching our leaders that we can take our current democracy and bring it into the 21st century! We strive to make sure that our students are creating a world that they want to see!

The more students are engaged in the process of choosing their representatives, the more invested in the work of JSA they become.

Importance of JSA Elected Officials

The main goal of JSA is to develop the next generation of leaders and ensure the values of our democratic society stay strong.  What better way to accomplish both goals and simulate a truly representative democracy than to have students elect their own leaders who then serve their respective states.

These elected officials represent the values we hold as an organization:

  • Leadership
  • Empowerment.
  • Accountability
  • Diversity & Inclusion

The elected officials not only help to organize one day and overnight conventions, but they rally members of their cabinet, Chapter Presidents, chapter members, and even Teacher Advisers to take part in initiatives.

They also serve as the driving force behind the priorities for their states or regions for the time that they are in office.   

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The Governor is the Chief Executive of the one the 10 JSA States. They are directly or indirectly responsible for all aspects of the Junior State. They serve as a public representative of the organization and on the Council of Governors that coordinates JSA on a national level. The Governor must be knowledgeable regarding every area of their elected state and must be capable of making informed decisions at any time. They shall work with the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Council of Chapter Presidents to appoint and direct a cabinet to run the various bureaus that allow their state to function. The Governor must also work with all other officers in the state to ensure that the organization runs smoothly.

Lieutenant Governor

The Lieutenant Governor (LTG) is second in command of the state. They must have a good working relationship with the Governor and should maintain high mutual respect throughout the year. The duties of Lieutenant Governor require a high degree of leadership and a good knowledge of parliamentary procedure. They must preside over the State Senate and oversee the Expansion Department and Chapter Intelligence Agency. Furthermore, the Lieutenant Governor is also responsible for chairing the Fair Election Committee (FEC), providing that they are not running for office. They are also responsible for establishing state election procedures. They must preside over the State Elections at Spring State and monitor Regional Elections, which includes maintaining order while every chapter checks in at roll call and casts their ballots

Speaker of the Council 

The Speaker of the Council of Chapter Presidents is in charge of the COCP, one of NorCal's two legislative bodies. The Speaker is the third highest office in the state, oversees cabinet and the state along with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and has historically been in charge of overseeing the Activism and Development departments. The Speaker is the statewide elected official most directly involved in community engagement, activism, and bringing JSA's message to the world.

As the presiding officer of the Council of Chapter Presidents (COCP), the Speaker is responsible for keeping the legislative body on track, managing legislation in both an administrative and political capacity, and running COCP meetings at every convention. The Speaker is also responsible for keeping Chapter Presidents engaged in the COCP and informing them of new developments.