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BSG election turmoil solved with special election

by Alyssa Daley - Editor-In-Cheif
Tue, Apr 3rd 2018 10:00 pm

On the morning of Friday, March 30, the current Brockport Student Government (BSG) administration and election commissioners were informed that all candidates for the incoming BSG cabinet, including president, vice president and treasurer, dropped out of the race for either personal reasons or unforeseen conflict between running mates. 

Without a current policy in place to make room for another election before the end of the current administration’s term, Election Commissioner Emma Chilson-Clire was given the task of drafting new legislation that would allow for a special election to be held in cases similar to the current conditions. Chilson-Clire had a deadline of 3 p.m., the meeting time for BSG’s legislative committee. She had to have this legislation finalized and in a proposal-ready state, because if the legislation was deemed worthy in committee, it was scheduled to be voted on during the senate meeting at 4 p.m.

The reason why members of BSG were so adamant about getting this legislation, officially referred to as L-21-18, passed as efficiently and effectively as possible was so that BSG would be able to function after the current administration’s term ends on the day of commencement in May. If the legislation was unable to be passed in time or at all, that would mean BSG would be out of business for the entirety of the summer. The organization would be unable to do anything, from hiring new staff to accessing the student activity fee, which students who stay on campus during the summer pay so that there are events and activities to do. Every action and club affiliated with BSG would essentially be in limbo until elections were held after the start of the fall semester.

Fortunately, these worries are no longer concerns because L-21-18 was passed by both the committee and the senate on Friday. 

To outline the ins and outs of the legislation, it allows for a special election to be held before the end of the spring semester. The only difference between a normal election and the special election is that half as many signatures are needed for students to become potential candidates, and those interested have the regular period of time allotted for petitioning to get those signatures. After the petitioning period ends, the candidates are then scheduled to campaign for two weeks, half the regular period, and after those two weeks, voting opens for students on myBrockport. In terms of how and where to vote, that all stays exactly the same as the process established for a regular election.

Although there were some conflicting opinions voiced during the legislative committee meeting in regard to when the legislation should be brought to the senate, either that day or on Wednesday, April 4, ultimately the consensus was to rush the senators rather than the potential BSG cabinet candidates and student voters. 

At the senate meeting, there was a record number of attendees present as many on-campus leaders were present to know the outcome of the legislation firsthand. When it came time for the legislative committee to give its report, L-21-18 was introduced to the floor. At this time, senator Steven Penta yielded his time to Chilson-Clire who went through the legislation for both the senators and audience. From there it was taken to a vote, where L-21-18 was passed with seven in favor, none against and four abstentions.

Interested parties can pick up petitions starting on Thursday, April 5, and the first debate will be on Friday, April 27. The actual voting for the election of BSG cabinet members is scheduled to begin Monday, April 30 and continue into the following day, May 1.

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