SGA discusses election rules

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With Student Government Association election season beginning next month, the majority of Wednesday night’s senate meeting focused on how the election will be conducted. Election Commissioner Kathleen Cadigan distributed election packets to the senators and gave a presentation on the requirements and rules for running for president, vice president and senate positions.

Candidates will be officially announced on Feb. 6 ,and after that, starting at 5 p.m., tickets and independent candidates can begin campaigning. Election day will be Feb. 27 and the results will officially be announced on SLU-TV.

This year, there will be a polling place set up in the Busch Student Center. The polling place will consist of laptops on which students can cast their votes and will be open for as long as the voting period lasts that day.

After the presentation, senate addressed the veto implemented by SGA President Matt Ryan. The veto was in regards to the events of the last senate meeting of the fall semester during which several student organizations faced dechartering or probation, pending senate vote.

“There was clear disagreement in senate if we were being consistent with how we dealt with each group who came before us,” Ryan said.

After a failed motion to table the veto for discussion next week, senate voted to uphold the veto.

Next, senate discussed a bill that addressed the bylaws for the election commission. The bill proposed an amendment to the bylaws that would ensure that the commission stayed unbiased during the election season.

“We never used to have anything in the constitution about that, so we thought it would be important to have something about that in there,” Ashley Garcia, commuter senator and member of the election commission, said.

Senate voted to pass the bill.

The next bill, which was also created by the election commission, proposed an amendment to the SGA constitution that would require attendance at all remaining senate meetings for any students elected to a position. Senate raised issue with the bill, stating that the election commission did not have jurisdiction over events and requirements after the election, save for the candidate finance reports.

Senate voted not to pass the bill.