Volume 96, Issue 88
Tuesday, March 18, 2003

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Election committee sketchy

Re: "USC dental plan contested," Mar. 13

To the Editor:

Several days ago, it was alleged that there were problems with the way the recent dental plan referendum was run. The Elections Committee made a presentation at Wednesday night's University Students' Council meeting and confessed that mistakes were made.

For example, the question on the ballot was altered halfway through the first day of voting and the voting system was down at the beginning and at the end of the two-day voting period.

To me, what is most troublesome is that, had it not been for student appeals, the committee's negligence may never have been admitted.

I challenge the Elections Committee to be accountable to the students who voted in the referendum, and especially to those who were prevented from voting. The committee must publicly apologize and make assurances that these mistakes will never be repeated.

Furthermore, I find it kind of strange that the Elections Committee was entrusted with the task of investigating and reporting on the way it, the Elections Committee, conducted the referendum.

Is there not a conflict of interest here?

Even considering all of the flaws with the referendum, based on the recommendations of the Elections Committee, the USC fully intends to implement the dental plan. To me, this seems blatantly unreasonable.

Jennifer Yach
Mechanical Engineering/Applied Math IV

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