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Volume 68, Issue 118, Tuesday, March 25, 2003


Election complaint could be resolved today

Cougar News Staff

Student Government Association election commission officials said they would reach a decision on a complaint filed against the Student Voice Party for alleged violations of the election code this week, possibly as soon as today.

The election commission had decided to punish Student Voice Party members with two hours of on-campus community service, but it suspended that sentence to give Student Voice a chance to defend its members.

Student Voice had until 5 p.m. Monday to file its response. A Student Voice representative could not be reached to confirm whether the party intended to file.

The decision will be in response to a complaint filed by Will Dres, a senior political science major. Dres cited 91 alleged instances of improperly posted campaign materials, and he asked that the entire party be disqualified.

One election commissioner said it was unlikely that would happen.

There had been internal dispute over whether to accept Dresi complaint because he did not include an e-mail address on the complaint. The new version of the election code requires an e-mail address on all complaints, but the new version has not yet been ratified by the Senate, so commissioners had to act based on the old code, one SGA official said. 

The old code does not require an e-mail address, so Dresi complaint was not thrown out.

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