Senate botches elections, accepts flawed results
October 7, 2010
The technical flaws of the last Student Senate election that allowed any person, student or non-student, to vote as well as vote multiple times was a disappointing error. What is far more appalling is the decision of the Senate to accept the results of the election as valid.
This action and the decisions made during the last spring election shows a horrible lack of respect for the student body’s ability to fairly elect its representatives.
The Senators that chose to accept the results of a flawed election as valid are doing more to destroy the credibility of the Senate than any election error. It is our opinion that the Senate voted out of laziness to mend their errors and voted to avoid any embarrassment that another re-election would cause them. It would be in the best interest of the Senate to hold another election in a fair and democratic way and to put elections back in the hands of the students.
It is also the opinion of the Student Voice that any Senators who may have acted unethically by exploiting the flaws of the polls -- or who have neglected their duty to serve by attending to concerns of the student body -- should take it upon themselves to resign promptly.