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Editorial -- Let the UA Elections Stand

This year's Undergraduate Association elections are already the most controversial in many years. Tomorrow night, the UA Council will decide whether to accept the ballots as they stand -- including those cast in a special election on Friday -- or to call for a completely new election. The council should let stand the votes already cast.

Council members in favor of a new election will undoubtedly bring up a number of issues, including the claim that a cloud of suspicion now hangs over the results and that there is no sense of who the "true" winner is.

Running another election would not make the results any more compelling. Perhaps students would have a greater opportunity to weigh the events of the last week before voting, but the number of people that actually vote would be extremely small. Holding another election would require more time and money, without any assurance that the results would be more significant.

The best argument against having another election, though, is that the commission has decided not to have one. The purpose of an election commission, aside from taking care of election logistics, is to ensure that no candidate can have an unfair advantage in determining election policy. The commission, none of whose members are running for office, has decided to keep the results as they now stand. On the other hand, several council members are running for an office and can be counted on to use the election process for their own interests. The council entrusted the election commission to run the election. The UAC should let it do just that.