UAC to Decide Fate of BallotsBy Jeremy Hylton
Undergraduate Association elections continued Friday for the nearly 700 voters whose ballots were stolen from Lobby 7 last Wednesday. The UA will continue to collect ballots from students who voted in Lobby 7 until this Friday.
"We did the re-voting on Friday and got 493 votes of the close to 700," said Raajnish A. Chitaley '95, chairman of the UA election commission. The remaining students may cast ballots in the UA office with Adam Goodie, UA office secretary, or a member of the election commission.
The election commission decided unanimously this week that the new Lobby 7 ballots and the original ballots from other locations will be counted. That decision faces a review by the full UA Council at its meeting Wednesday night.
"The election commission decided that these elections are valid. If the council overturns our decision, then we will have to hold new elections," Chitaley said. If the council supports the decision, the results of the election will be announced at the UAC meeting on April 1.
The commission originally had no recommendation to make to the UA council about the legitimacy of last week's ballots, but later reconsidered and decided to keep the ballots unless overruled by the council, Chitaley said.
"We think that just because one ballot box was stolen, all the other votes are still good, and if we can get those re-votes, the elections should still be valid," Chitaley explained.
Some members of the council, who are also candidates in the election, believe a new round of balloting should be held. In an interview last Thursday, Shally Bansal '93, candidate for UA president, said, "If we want the election to be a fair one and a legitimate one, what we have to do is hold another election."
However, there is no consensus on a new election among council members, according to UA President Stacy E. McGeever '93. "I think there's a split between what different candidates think. Judging from what I've heard, candidates say they don't agree on the validity issue," she said.
The election imbroglio began when a small group of students stole a ballot box from Lobby 7 on Wednesday afternoon. The box was found empty in the Bexley Hall courtyard later that day. An attempt to steal the ballots cast at Walker Memorial was foiled by Hans C. Godfrey '93.
A group calling itself the Student's Revolutionary Government claimed responsibility for the theft. Peter S. Yesley '92, identified by several sources as leader of the group, explained that the so-called revolution began because of dissatisfaction with the UA.