Volume 91, Issue 76

Thursday, February 12, 1998



Fixing the election ballots

©Geoff Robins/Gazette
EENIE MEENIE MINY MOE, WHO PUT ON THE GREATEST SHOW? Third-year biology student Anar Andani (left) studies her options yesterday as second-year biology student Lorraine Neuton takes her ballot.

By Sara Marett
Gazette Staff

Yesterday's first University Students' Council voting day left one candidate wondering where his name was on the list.

At 10:45 a.m., USC Chief Returning Officer Tim Morris received a call from a poll clerk explaining one of the candidates' names for the position of social science councillor was not on the ballot.

Morris said elections staff quickly closed voting for the social science councillor position and had 5,000 new ballots printed with all 21 candidates' names. By 12:45 p.m., the polling stations were back in full operation with the correct ballots.

Morris said there were approximately 40 votes cast from 10-10:45 a.m. for the social science position that had to be discarded. "The votes for all other positions during this time are completely valid," he added.

The mistake was the responsibility of both the candidate and himself, Morris explained. He said it is up to the candidates to check the list which has been posted on the USC doors for two weeks to make sure their name is there and also up to the CRO to make sure all names are on the ballot before the final copies are made.

He urged all students who did vote for the social science councillor position from 10-10:45 a.m. yesterday to return to re-cast their vote today.

He said they have ensured no one votes twice by marking a different box on students' identification cards when voting for the social science position. "These students will be able to re-vote for social science councillor – nothing else."

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