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Guidelines for Candidates and Campaigns

How to handle a campaign

Here are some general guidelines to help you through the election process.

Campaign Materials:
At area and division speech contests, all candidates may distribute campaign materials. They may also display campaign materials in a candidates’ corner at these events if space is available for the candidates’ corner and if all candidates have equal access to it. Campaign materials may not be placed on walls, chairs or tables outside of the candidates’ corner.

At the district conference, all candidates may distribute campaign materials, and they’re allowed to display campaign materials in the candidates’ corner at a district conference. Campaign materials may not be placed on walls, chairs or tables, or handed out at educational sessions, meal functions or the district hospitality suite.

Speeches & Speaking Guidelines:
Campaign speeches are not permitted at any area speech contest, division speech contest or other district non-election meeting except the district conference. At the discretion of the area or division governor responsible for the speech contest, candidates present at the contest may be introduced to the audience if all candidates present are introduced.

All candidates in contested races for district office, including floor candidates, may be allowed to speak at the district conference at a time other than during the district’s annual business meeting. These campaign speeches must be given at an appropriate time and place, and be of an appropriate length, as identified by the district governor, provided that all candidates are given an equal opportunity and are properly notified.

All candidates are allowed to give educational presentations at district conferences, provided the presentations conform to the needs of the district, and provided that all candidates for the same office are given an equal opportunity.

Hospitality Suites:
The only hospitality suite permitted at a district conference is the one provided and operated by the district, with no contribution from any candidate. The provision of a hospitality suite is, however, at the discretion of the district governor.

Advertising:
Advertisements by or on behalf of candidates for district office are not permitted in district publications.

Resources:
Officer Agreement and Release Form

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