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Monday, May 23, 2022

Student Senate delays election rules reform bill

<p>Student Senate President Andy Mason said he will assemble a group to make changes to UF's elections rules.</p>

Student Senate President Andy Mason said he will assemble a group to make changes to UF's elections rules.

The Student Senate did not pass a bill that would have required the Supervisor of Elections to provide a sample ballot online two Fridays before SG elections.

Some senators suggested that a separate committee evaluate the bill. Senate President Andy Mason had previously said he would assemble a committee.

Budget Committee Chairwoman Christina Bonarrigo said she approved of the changes to the elections rules but wanted them to be made all at once.

"It's amazing, and we want to see it all put through," she said.

Sens. Austin Brockmeier, Douglas Whitaker and Carly Wilson proposed the bill.

Wilson said there are 11 weeks of Senate meetings left before the elections, and the Senate should not risk running out of time.

After the meeting, Mason estimated that the group would have about a month to revise the rules.

Any changes would need two weeks for Senate approval followed by five weeks budgeted for approval from Mason and the UF administration before it can be implemented for spring elections.

Mason said he will announce Tuesday whether the committee will be made only of senators or also include students not in SG.

Mason said including non-SG students could be a good thing, but he said limiting the body to senators would also make sense because senators will be the ones deciding on the changes.

Wilson previously led a similar committee on SG transparency. She said during the meeting that it's difficult to get things done quickly with the committee. She plans to attend the meetings, but she hopes younger members of the Students Party will be part of the decision-making.

"I absolutely think [online sample ballots] will fall through the cracks," Wilson said.

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Student Senate President Andy Mason said he will assemble a group to make changes to UF's elections rules.

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