Election policies tweaked before spring
By CHRISTINE COOK, Assistant News Editor
Published: February 15, 2012
With Spring Quarter quickly approaching, elections for officers of next year’s Associated Students of Seattle Pacific are as well.
At ASSP’s Senate meeting on Monday, senators discussed changes made in the Elections Task Force General Election Guidelines.
The task force, headed by Vice President Alyssa Sutherland, conducts and regulates the primary and general elections of ASSP officers.
This year, the task force hopes to expand advertising access to the science and art buildings.
In previous years, students running for office were not allowed to post campaign advertisements in these places.
Because of this, campaigning to students of these disciplines is difficult; if they commute to campus, then these buildings are the only places they go, said senior Ben Lockyear, senator for the School of Theology.
Approval has been received from the Art Center, and Lockyear said he is continuing to follow up on the matter.
After reading the guidelines, several senators expressed concern over the rule that the Elections Task Force must be notified beforehand of a gathering of more than 15 people for campaigning purposes.
Commuter Senator senior Becca Malech said she thought a gathering of this number would be more of a get-together than a rally, debate or speech.
Vice President of Ministries senior Courtney Farance said that while she was running for office, she found this rule to be very constricting.
Lockyear proposed that the number be upped to 25. Senate agreed unanimously and passed the amendment.
Later this week, students will learn the outcome of the election that will determine whether a vice president of intercultural affairs will be added to the ASSP core positions.
Students can vote on this addition through Banner until the end of the day today.