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Light Bulb! ASUC Can Has Good Idea?

Posted By Jill Cowan On Nov 15, 2009 @ 10:57 pm In News | Comments Disabled


In the (approximate) words of President Barack Obama, “Yes it can!” Finally, the ASUC has come up with a bill [1] that would both be actually worth considering and might pass without a shit-ton of useless squabbling. (Cross your fingers … )

Now. You may be wondering to yourself, “What, pray tell, could this magical bill be, that will be cool and awesome and will save the student body thousands of needlessly spent dollars?” The answer, friends, is a bill being drafted by Elections Council Chair Vinit Sukhija that would greatly reduce physical polling stations for the ASUC’s mightily expensive elections. Instead, students would vote –wait for it, wait for it –online.

Last year, only about 10 percent of the votes were cast in person at one of the 13 real, $3,000-a-pop polling stations. Call us crazy technology-worshipping radicals, but might we suggest getting rid of physical polling stations altogether? The strongest anticipated argument against the bill thus far is that voter turnout will suffer from decreased publicity.

But the whole process is already so inbred, and the general non-sign-wielding population cares so little about the elections that we sincerely doubt the mere sight of those polling stations really drummed up that much voter turnout. They’re pretty much just tables with laptops on them, anyway.

And as long-contested Finance Officer Alan Ni [2] once said, “Having more money [3] is always good … ” We couldn’t agree more.

Image Source: Caveman 92223 [4] under Creative Commons
ASUC Considers Polling Station Reductions [Daily Cal [1]]

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[1] ASUC has come up with a bill: http://www.dailycal.org/article/107488/asuc_considers_polling_station_reductions

[2] Finance Officer Alan Ni: http://www.dailycal.org/article/107103/asuc_senate_confirms_finance_officer

[3] more money: http://www.dailycal.org/article/107476/contingency_funding_bill_enters_asuc_senate

[4] Caveman 92223: http://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/

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