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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Senate president appoints committee to revise election codes

Student Senate President Andy Mason has announced the 11 members of the specialized committee that will be tasked with revising the UF Student Government elections codes.

Mason said he determined minority party and independent senators composed about one-tenth of Senate and applied that ratio to the committee.

The committee, formed by the Senate president, will recommend changes to the elections procedures in light of the complications with the electronic voting system during the fall elections.

For changes to apply to Spring elections, they must be approved five weeks in advance.

Unite Party Sen. Matt Mountjoy, one of the committee members, said he hoped to come up with proposed revisions by Winter Break.

Unite Party Sen. Katie Waldman, also a committee member, said members will consider how other schools run their elections and possibly look at a system different from the secure-location electronic voting system used this fall.

"I think we're going to look at the whole system from the top down," she said.

Students Party Sens. Carly Wilson and Douglas Whitaker, who are not members of the committee, voiced concerns that no graduate students were appointed to the body.

"I didn't view that as relevant to the committee," Mason said in response.

Anyone can attend the committee meetings, but only committee members can vote on changes.

Students who want to voice their ideas about the elections system can email Mountjoy at mmountjoy@ufl.edu or Waldman at krwaldman@ufl.edu.

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