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ASUA: “We have no idea what the hell is going on.”

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 18 February 2009

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All that being said, Mr. Bergan gets some priceless quotes from your highly esteemed representatives. To wit:

Even if the Elections Commission thought a candidate might be violating a code, there is no guarantee it will be looked into, Anderson said.

“The Elections Commission doesn’t look for violations. They respond to violations,” she said. “There’s a point where it comes down to common sense.”

Surely it was “common sense” when Ms. Tubbs was docked for her unlicensed cookie distribution and an unauthorized Instant Message status — how dare she! And it certainly was common sense when the Administrative Vice President position had no listed candidate, until Sen. Ziccarelli suddenly, as if by an occult hand, acquired enough signatures between the deadline for filing and her currently listed status as a full candidate. Move along now – nothing to see here!

“We don’t want to see less people going out for ASUA,” she said. “We need to take the lessons learned from each election.”

Anderson said she believes no ASUA officials have violated the Elections Code.

Bruce, Anderson and Ho all echoed the sentiment that the rule is not clear-cut and comes back to the commissioner’s discretion.

Despite code-naming Facebook groups as online campaign material and Martinez’s assertion that the groups count as material that must be removed following elections, the trio says the rule is murky at best and open to interpretation. [Emphasis added – EML]

Rule of law is so twentieth century; instead, “smooth elections” are preferred to “free,” “fair,” “impartial” elections:

1-4.01

The Elections Commission retains the right to take all necessary steps to ensure the
smooth running[*] of the ASUA Elections.

I’m a bit slow on the uptake of these things, so bear with me. If an elections commissioner holds a grudge against a certain candidate (impossible, since all of our elections commissioners are angels gracing this earth; play along with me here), what is there to stop said commissioner from essentially ending this candidate’s run? In other words, is there any check on the Commissioner, or are we all just pawns in his/her “murky” game? Are we just hoping that the good will of the commissioner will save us?

If this code was so “murky”, then why was it described in opposite terms when the Senate voted unanimously to approve it? If the Code was still indistinct, shouldn’t it have been sent back to the drawing board, instead of being approved in record-setting time?

Bergan saves the best for last, with this gem from Sen. Jason Mighdoll:

Mighdoll said he will consider removing his 2008 campaign Facebook group.

“I didn’t know there was that rule (until) about a week afterward,” he said. “It gets complicated.”

Let me state this in no uncertain terms: You voted to pass this Code. You approved it, every last deplorable clause of it. To plead ignorance after the fact is to admit that, upon casting your vote, you had no idea what exactly you were doing. To admit so casts doubt on your entire record. If a mere 14 page document is too much to handle, what’s to say that a simple appropriation can be properly reasoned through? A resolution?

*- Now, if we had only had a “cool running,” that would be an election, mon.

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