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Friday, September 29, 2023

For the third time in UF Student Government history, the Student Senate will conduct an impeachment trial.

Senators will hear Supervisor of Elections Toni Megna's impeachment trial at tonight's Senate meeting. Senators Carly Wilson, Gillian Leytham, Ford Dwyer, Aimee Dolan and Stephanie Kreitzer filed the resolution on Oct. 31.

The resolution listed 13 elections rules the senators said Megna violated, including not listing polling locations in some of the dorms, not properly testing the voting computers two days prior to elections and not preparing a backup plan in case the electronic voting system failed.

Wilson and Leytham previously appealed to the Election Commission and the UF Supreme Court to have the elections investigated and even recommended the elections be redone.

Senators elected in the spring will make up the impeachment body, which will vote whether to impeach Megna.

If at least two-thirds of the impeachment body votes to impeach Megna, a trial body will convene five to 10 days later, according to Student Body codes. The trial body would be made of senators elected this fall, and potential repercussions must be passed by another two-thirds vote.

The first UF impeachment hearing occurred in 2008, according to Alligator archives, when the Senate voted not to impeach Student Body Treasurer Paul Drayton.

In 2009, the Senate also voted not to impeach Student Body President Kevin Reilly.

Senate President Andy Mason decided to form a special committee of senators to revise the elections codes. Members will be announced at the Senate meeting at 7 p.m.

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