UA write-ins to be acceptedBy Charles R. Jankowski
The Undergraduate Association will treat write-in contenders for the UA presidency and vice presidency as legitimate candidates, according to Daniel J. O'Day '86, UA election commissioner.
Only two teams are officially running. David M. Henry '88 and William A. Herlan '86 are campaigning against the ticket of Bryan R. Moser '87 and Mary S. Tai '87 for the top two UA spots.
But many students have mounted write-in campaigns, including an attempt to place the team of Stove and Cat into the UA's two top positions.
O'Day acknowledged that Stove and Cat could win. "Yes, they [Stove and Cat] can win," he said, "but I cannot declare them the winner or swear them in as UAP/UAVP."
This is because candidates must be registered MIT undergraduates, according to UA election rules.
"It's quite possible for write-ins to be UAP/UAVP, but Stove and Cat are not registered students," O'Day said. "To stay within the constitutional framework [of the UA], I am first going to treat Stove and Cat as if they were legitimate write-ins. If they win, then their votes will be eliminated."
O'Day described the election process. "There are going to be five separate ballots," he said, "one for the UAP/UAVP, and one for each class. If anyone doesn't want to vote for a particular office, they just shouldn't accept that particular ballot."
The UA will hold its elections from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm tomorrow, March 13. Polling places will be located in Kresge Auditorium, Lobby Ten, near the Great Sail on East Campus and in Boston at Phi Kappa Sigma, 487 Commonwealth Ave.