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Wednesday, March 18, 1999


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On-line votes closer to reality

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Western has cleared another hurdle in an attempt to get on-line voting accepted at Western.

Senate passed a motion on Friday to proceed with on-line voting for the student representatives of the Senate and Board of Governors, said Lorel Cline, associate secretary to the university. "It still has to go to the Board of Governors – and we're still working on marketing aspects as well," she said.

Susan McDonald, president of the Society of Graduate Students said she was disappointed with the decision. "My concern is not with the technology, although there are concerns with the technology. My main concern is of timing.

"If something goes wrong, it will be the second time in less than six months that we'll have a nullified election. I'm concerned grad students having to deal with that will be [put] off from participating in elections altogether," McDonald said adding she would like to see the proposal wait a year.

In order to access the on-line voting, students will be required to enter a personal information number. Cline explained students will be able to access their PIN numbers from a secured web-site as well as re-access their PIN number if they have forgotten it.

However, McDonald said accessing a PIN number would be yet another problem. "The PIN number is so crucial to on-line voting, but grad students don't need their PIN number to register for school like undergraduate students do."

Aside from envisioning potential cost savings, University Students' Council VP-finance Derrick Taub said he applauded the new system. "I'm confident in the USC's ability to market this campaign. I'm also sensitive to the problems that SOGS had and we want to avoid election problems there, too," he said, adding it would not make a difference if the proposal was postponed another year.

"I'm fairly confident in the ability of this system," said SzeJack Tan, USC president. Tan, however, admitted he was concerned about the system's security as well as its ability to accommodate last minute voters.

Jeff Clayman, student senator-at-large, said he thinks it is more attractive and marketable to vote on campus. "If our goal is to maximize the number of voters, then I'm a little weary of something that might reduce voter turnout," he said.

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