No Proof That Posters Were Illegal
It is unprovable and not even very probable that “illegal” campaign posters were actually put up by the accused candidates or their supporters. Under the current regime of demerit points and automatic disqualification, it is half an hour’s work to take a candidate’s poster, make a hundred photocopies, post them illegally, and send someone out of the race. Anyone could do this: rival candidates, bored saboteurs, or jilted Tech letter-writers.
Time to get ready for open season on UA candidates.
[LTE]UA Poster Ban ‘Absurd’[body]
On Tuesday, The Tech reported that UA Election Commissioner Zhelinrentice L. Scott ’00 banned campaign postering in the Infinite corridor due to her assertion that candidates had been “engaging in illegal activity” [“Postering Violations Taint UA Elections,” Apr. 4].
Scott asserts that posters have been tampered with -- and that the tampering was done by candidates. The first assertion is based upon fact; the second assertion is ludicrous, since no evidence has been presented that in any way shows candidates had anything to do with the violations.
If you have ever put up posters on this campus or watched a poster board evolve, you know that random posters get ripped down all the time at the whim of passersby. The probability (without any evidence) that candidates tampered with UA posters is absurdly small, especially in light of already tight campaign regulation and general interest in the election. The decision to subsequently ban all Infinite Corridor postering is doubly absurd.[sig]
Gabe Weinberg ’01