The Chronicle’s View: Election Errors Taint ASUU Reputation

After a whirlwind election?with the primary and final election separated by mere days?the Associated Students of the University of Utah elections are over. However, the short election season left more than enough time for both current and aspiring ASUU leaders to make some rather momentous mistakes.

The student government debacle began the night of March 29, when, instead of announcing the election results on time, Josh Walker, the election registrar, informed anxious onlookers that ASUU had itself committed an error. The Supreme Court found that three members of the current Election Committee had not been confirmed by the Senate.

Redbook clearly states that “The members of the Election Committee are appointed by the ASUU president, to be confirmed or rejected by the Senate.” It does not take a translator to realize the meaning of this regulation.

Though it is idealistic to demand that ASUU should run like clockwork, it is not too much to ask that the registrar and those elected to various positions know (or at least read) the laws of their own government before student elections take place.

Even though the probability is fairly low that next year will be any different, the leaders elected into office will need to be consistently vigilant?making sure that each individual in ASUU takes his or her position seriously.

Some of those running for positions in ASUU for next year have proved that they, like their counterparts currently in office, have eschewed or ignored the rules and regulations of the organization?not a good indication of what is to come.

Preceding the final election, the Elevation Party sent out more than 400 unsolicited bulk emails to students, encouraging them to vote for the party. This is illegal under the U’s regulations.

However, in the tradition of ASUU’s convoluted logic, the party was only fined $60, mere pocket change compared to the wealth of votes the party may have garnered from the venture.

In the end, let’s hope that when the victorious party gets into office, its leaders will strive to maintain a professional atmosphere.