“Be it resolved, SRC declares the presidential and senator results from the General Election 2022 null and moves to hold a revote for these positions.”
This was a result of the last Student Representative Council meeting this Tuesday, March 15th. After the approval of the budget, ASU President Georgia Saleski proposed a rerun of the presidential race as an alternative to establishing an elections appeals committee. The council deliberated on these options for a while before passing the resolution above. The details regarding elections officials, campaigning/voting periods, and participants are yet to be ratified but it was indicated that only those who ran in the general election would be eligible to run in the revote if they so choose. Campaigning periods will likely be shortened as a result.
One notable comment from Vice President of Academics and the External Megan Cyr expressed her support of SRC members in light the way that SRC had been harassed and insulted in the past weeks. She clarified that this decision was not in any way influenced by the “bullying” and “intimidation” at the March 8th meeting. Cyr was referring to the written insults directed at SRC members in the chat of the last meeting, as well as presidential candidate Max Abu-Laban making rude gestures at council by way of exit. Cyr also emphasized that a rerun was being considered simply because it held merit as a way of resolving the issues surrounding the election and SRC is attempting to solve these in the most equitable manner.
The revote for the senator positions was called for on the basis of a technical error in the voting system that enabled students from all faculties to vote for faculty-specific senators.
Also discussed at the meeting was the concern of students no feeling adequately heard at council. As such, suggestions were made as to how this could be rectified. These suggestions will be fleshed out in committees and brought to council at the next meeting.