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Session Policies

Session Policies
Please review these American Legion Auxiliary New Mexico Girls State Policies. While at ALA NM Girls State all delegates must abide by these rules.
Respecting Fellow Delegates
As future leaders of our community, delegates are required to show a high degree of respect for all individuals at ALA New Mexico Girls State at all times; this includes volunteers, other delegates, and ENMU staff. If any issues of decorum occur, a conversation will be held between the ALA New Mexico Girls State Director, Girls State delegate, and any other individuals involved to decide on the best course of action for the circumstance.
Smoking
American Legion Auxiliary New Mexico Girls State follows the standard smoking laws. Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to smoke at any time while at the ALA NM Girls State session. Anyone found smoking will immediately be sent home at the cost of the delegates parents for travel.
Driving
Delegates are not permitted to drive while at the ALA NM Girls State session. While we try to provide travel when available we understand some delegates need to drive themselves to Portales. Any delegates that drive themselves to ALA NM Girls State session will be required to turn in their keys at registration on Sunday. Keys will be kept in the ALA NM Girls State office and can be collected on Friday for their return home.
Cell Phone

Cell Phones are not permitted during any meetings in classrooms or auditorium. Delegates are permitted to use their phones only when in the dorms, during meals or recreation time.

  • If a delegate is found using their phone during meetings it will be taken away and kept in the office until the next approved phone use time when the delegate can have it back.
  • If the delegate is found using their phone a second time the phone will be kept for a full 24-hour period.
  • A delegate found using their phone a third time will have their phone taken away for the remainder of the week. The delegate can then collect their phone on Friday before returning home.
Pre Made Campaign Material
Pre Made Campaign Material will not be allowed at ALA NM Girls State. To keep all candidates on an even playing field delegates can only create campaign materials onsite during the ALA NM Girls State session. Printed pictures are considered pre made campaign material. Delegates are welcome to bring poster board, markers, tape, and other sign making items to create campaign materials on site. Creative materials such as chalk on sidewalks are allowed for campaigning but at no time should these items be destructive to the ENMU facilities or any other candidate's campaign material. All campaign material must be cleaned immediately following the election results announcements, this includes chalk on sidewalks, posted signs, etc.
Campaign Material
Delegates are welcome to bring poster board, markers, tape, and other sign making items to create campaign materials on site. Creative materials such as chalk on sidewalks are allowed for campaigning but at no time should these items be destructive to the ENMU facilities or any other candidate's campaign material. All campaign material must be cleaned immediately following the election results announcements, this includes chalk on sidewalks, posted signs, etc.
Suggested Materials:
  • Poster Board
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Sidewalk Chalk
Banned Materials:
  • Glitter
  • Pre Printed/Pre Made Items
  • Photos
  • Candy (as a campaign tool)
Positive Campaigning
While friendly rivalry between parties exists at ALA NM Girls State, negative campaigning against individuals running for office will not be allowed. All campaigns should focus on each individuals positive attributes and qualifications for office. This positive campaigning should also continue through whistle stop interviews and the interactions of each ALA NM Girls State member and their perspective candidates. This includes defacing or removing of campaign material.

    

 

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