Amendments to Student Government (SG)’s Elections and Rules (E&R) committee passed last night with a unanimous vote, following nine months of pressure to reform. The push to increase transparency stems from a series of violations that came to light during the last election cycle.
“Basically…the concern was that there would be vitriol aimed at [students on E&R] if they had to deliberate in an open meeting,” said SG President and fourth-year Michael McCown.
Three secondary amendments were added to address this concern, resulting in a compromise: While complaints will be made in open meetings, E&R deliberations will remain private.
Also, a description in the statement that all candidates must read and sign will give an overview of these changes to E&R rules, emphasizing that their complaints will now be public knowledge.
“We want to take into account that [the candidate is] just a kid and so maybe you don’t want this to be totally public,” McCown said.