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Saturday, April 01, 2006
SBA Election wrap-up
Posted 11:18 AM by Luke
The SBA elections concluded on Friday, and the executive board slate of Matthew Morgan defeated that of William Saint. Thus Matthew Morgan is the new SBA President, Pratik Patel the Vice-President (Day), Scott Smith the Vice-President (Night), Meagan Merril the Secretary, and Michael Allen the treasurer.

In other positions, Aaron Culp defeated Jennifer Wilson for 2L Day Representative, Lindsay Carlberg took 3L Day Representative unopposed, AJ Feeny-Ruiz took 3L Night Representative unopposed, Terry Wilson took 4L Representative unopposed, and I took ABA Representative unopposed.

The 2L Night Representative is still unfilled, as nobody ran for the position.


This brings me to the matter of the candidate statements. I have appended to this post links to the statements of all the candidates who submitted them.

Now, a commenter on a previous post asked for ILN to post the statements of the candidates before the election. I responded saying that I was "prohibited" from doing so, and it is this issue which I will now elaborate upon.

Before the elections were held, I wanted to post the candidate statements, but since I was running for a position (unopposed), I felt I should ensure that doing so was not a violation of the election rules or the SBA Constitution. My reading of the rules did not indicate that there would be any violation, but I e-mailed Christopher Americanos, the previous SBA Vice-President and the person in charge of the elections, to make sure.

He wrote me back and essentially said that it was within his sole discretion to prohibit me from posting the statements and that his decision was not appealable. I inquired as to what provision of the election rules or constitution would be violated, and he was unable or unwilling to cite any.

I reluctantly conceded, but I am now compelled to discuss the matter with an eye to the future. If Chris' assertions to me were correct, that means that one person would be endowed with the unappealable unilateral power to cancel any person's candidacy, without regard for the election rules or the constitution. I hope he was indeed incorrect, but if he was right, then the system obviously needs to be changed. If this is the case, the new SBA leadership should amend the rules to vest election powers in more than one person, create an appeals process, and generally take measures to ensure that those in charge of the elections are bound to the rules.


Candidate Statements:

Click the names to download the statements for the following: the Morgan slate, the Saint slate, Jennifer Wilson, Aaron Culp

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