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Election Commission Clarifies Rules

I understand that there is some confusion concerning what the procedures are for this year's UA elections. Several changes have been made, and many potential candidates are concerned. I would like to address those concerns.

1. The election commission has set March 3 as the date when people may submit packets and be guaranteed inclusion in all activities. According to the election code, candidates may not begin campaigning now. There will be a candidate meeting held on March 4, after which candidates may begin campaigning. Packets are due at 5 p.m. on March 3, and no packets will be accepted late.

2. The number of signatures that must be collected to run for an office remains the same. They are: UA president and vice president, 440 signatures; finance board, 220; and class offices, 110. There is a typographical error on some packets which indicates that 150 signatures are required for Finboard office, but this is not the correct value.

3. All election events have been postponed for one week to allow additional time for candidates to collect signatures without shortening the campaign period. The meeting for candidates will occur on March 4 at 1 p.m. in Room W20-400, and elections on March 22. The dates and times for election activities will be announced at the candidate's meeting on March 4 and will also be advertised on campus. The UA election commissioner will be available in the UA office at the following times to accept packets and consult with on election procedures: February 24, 3:30-4 p.m.; Feb. 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Feb. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; March 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; March 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; and March 3, 3-5 p.m.

I hope this resolves any questions and concerns about the elections. If you have any further questions, please send them to me.

John Kymissis '98

UA Election Commissioner