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The UF Student Senate may have missed its chance to make changes to the upcoming election ballot because its meeting was accidentally canceled.

Senate meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Reitz Union Chamber. This week, however, the Christian fraternity Beta Upsilon Chi booked the room to hold its new member induction. The Senate had planned on voting to add an amendment to the ballot that would change the Spring election dates.

The meeting was the last opportunity to make changes to the ballot because referendums and amendments must be passed 28 days before the Spring general election, which starts Feb. 19, according to Student Body Statutes.

Senate Minority Leader Felipe Gatos said Tuesday was a blow. Inspire Party senators were going to propose referendums on the Senate floor.

“There’s nothing that can be done. We went through the codes,” Gatos said.

UF’s SG adviser James Tyger, who handles the room reservations, said the chambers were supposed to be reserved for a Spring elections information meeting and then the Senate meeting would follow.

Tyger said an overlap in bookings has never happened before.

“We did reach out to the [Reitz] Union to see if there were any other spaces available and unfortunately and apparently there are not,” he said.

Hannah Beatty is a third-year journalism major and sociology minor from Jacksonville, Florida. She began at the Alligator in the fall of 2018 as a general assignment staff writer and now serves as the student government beat reporter.