Voters say they never saw referenda

Two ballot referenda amending the Student Association constitution passed in campus elections this week. But many students said all voters were not given the ballot questions.

A referendum to change sections of the SA constitution to match the revised Joint Elections Committee charter passed 396-157. The other question, which will change “National Law Center” to “the Law School” in the SA constitution, passed 360-96. Nearly 2,900 students turned out for the campus elections.

JEC Chair Terry Goddard said ballot questions only were unavailable in the Marvin Center between 1 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday because of lagging communication between the JEC and poll watchers.

But several students on hand to hear final vote tallies said they were not offered the option to vote on the referenda when they voted in other buildings.

Paige Danyliw, who voted in Thurston Hall Wednesday afternoon, said no ballot questions were given to her when she voted in the voting booth.

“When there are fundamental changes to the SA constitution students need to have a chance to vote,” said Christopher Voss, who also did not receive the ballot referenda when he voted in the Marvin Center Tuesday.-Shruti Dat?

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