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New election rules limit postering

By Elizabeth Williams

The Undergraduate Association Election Commission has devised a postering policy for this year's UA elections to prevent excessive pre-election postering, a problem that has plagued recent elections.

The policy, already in effect, limits postering areas. The five designated spaces where bulletin boards or large sheets of white paper are provided for candidate posters are in Lobby 7, Stratton Student Center, the Infinite Corridor, Lobby 2, and outside 26-100.

Each candidate is allotted a space in each area. Write-in candidates are also allowed to poster in the allotted space and are required to adhere to the policy's regulations.

The policy has received vocal approval from Stephen D. Immerman, director of special services in the office of the senior vice president.

Dormitories and independent living groups are permitted to form their own policies for postering, and candidates are responsible for abiding by living group restrictions.

To supplement posters and give candidates additional publicity, the UA plans to sponsor two "Meet the Candidate" study breaks, as well as a forum on March 7 in which candidates can voice their positions and answer questions. In addition, candidates for UA president and vice president will hold a televised debate on March 4.

The Election Commission, headed by Christine M. Coffey '93, worked with Austin H. Petzke of Physical Plant to develop the policy. Physical Plant in particular has been troubled by the amount of postering in recent years, leading to the formation of the MIT Postering Policy Group. The group has been working on a formal Institute policy to stop excessive postering, especially on painted walls.

The Election Commission is appointed every year by the UA floor leader, according to UA Council member David L. Atkins Jr. '90. Among its duties are setting election policy, counting ballots, and handling election grievances.