Government works to eliminate loopholes to end improper
Student Government Association will amend its election
code to curb confusion for future candidates.
The House of Student Representatives plans to revise
the SGA election code this semester after the controversy
surrounding last semesters election.
The entire code will be analyzed line by line
and unclear areas will be rewritten by the Elections
and Regulations Committee, said Whitney Grey,
last semesters elections, four candidates were
accused of various campaign violations.
President Jay Zeidman was accused of using illegal campaign
materials or methods and improper distributing or posting
of campaign materials.
Blake Eason, presidential runner-up, was accused of
campaigning before the beginning of the formal campaign
and using university publications for campaigning. He
said he also received another violation for going door-to-door
in residence halls on Election Day encouraging people
to vote, although not specifically for him.
The result was a recall election for president, which
narrowed the four-candidate field down to Zeidman and
Eason, with Zeidman winning by a narrow margin in the
I dont think anyone should have to go through
that again, said Megan Brown, vice president of
the House.Grey said last semester was the first time
the code had been widely misinterpreted since it was
last revised in Spring 2002.
Officials agreed the code needs to be more explicit.The
vagueness of the code allowed four extremely intelligent
individuals to interpret it differently, Brown
The wording needs to be changed to eliminate loopholes,
she said. It should be so clear they dont
have to ask.
Zeidman also said the code has holes and is outdated.
What happened was sad because we had a record
voter turnout, he said.
Zeidman said he supports raising the amount of each
candidates own money that can be spent, although
he wouldnt say by how much. Currently officers
can spend $200 of their own money, while representatives
can spend $25.
Zeidman said he will distance himself from the revision
because he was so close to the situation last semester.
Eason said he would love to give his input if it was
The committee will meet to start revisions from 4 to
5 p.m. Tuesdays in the SGA office in the basement of
the Student Center. Officials said they encourage student
participation with the revision.
After the revision is completed, the committee will
submit the new code to the House to be voted on.