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Elections Set for Today Despite Uncertainty

By Josh Hartmann

Chairman

The theft of the ballot box threw Undergraduate Association and class elections into turmoil Wednesday, creating a situation that will remain unresolved until next Wednesday.

Undergraduates who voted in Lobby 7 Wednesday have the opportunity to recast their ballots until 6 p.m. today. Voters' names will be checked with a master registration list compiled from those who voted Wednesday, according to Raajnish A. Chitaley '95, chairman of the UA election commission.

This time, Chitaley said, a Campus Police officer will be stationed near the polls.

But the ballots will not be counted until after a UA Council meeting Wednesday, when the council will direct the election commission to either count the ballots or call for a new election.

"One candidate has expressed the desire for new elections," Chitaley said. But he noted that "in having new elections, you have to realize that you would have to have them after spring break, and enough after spring break to allow the management of the election. Turnout would be drastically lower, and the effort and expense of campaigning up to this point would be nullified."

Chitaley admitted that there will be a certain stigma attached to the ultimate winner of the election. But, he added, "We think that having the election tomorrow would be more fair than having new elections."

Chitaley originally planned to hold the election next Wednesday, but some candidates raised concerns.

"We've heard from candidates who were unhappy about having it on Wednesday, and after hearing what they said, and after thinking about it ourselves, we decided that Friday would just be a better idea," Chitaley said.

Chitaley said candidates' concerns included publicity for the elections, voter turnout, and continued campaigning by candidates.

Reuven M. Lerner contributed to the reporting of this article.