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While the originally Elections Act (2017) included an innovative voting procedure called Ranked-Choice Voting, technology limitations have required the Senate to pass an amendment to the Act. The Senate debated the matter and
In the first open election this year, candidates will run in a "Winner-Take-All" Election, in which the candidate with the largest number of votes will be declared the winner. There will be no run-off election, even if the candidate does not get a 50%+ majority.
"While this is disappointing, we saved the old bill's text, and we hope that the next administration continues to work with University technology managers to implement the changes necessary for RCV," said President Taylor Valley.
Valley and the rest of the GPSG Executive Board believes that Ranked-Choice Voting provides the best representation to each student by allowing them to rank candidates by order of preference. "No matter who wins, you will likely have a say in it," said Valley.
The first election will take place between April 5th and April 10th with Executive Board members hoping for a high turnout.
As a part of the 2017-18 Executive Board's goal to reorganize the GPSG By-Laws into a comprehensive Code of Laws, the Senate had heard arguments on ways to improve the chartering process earlier in the semester.
President Taylor Valley unveiled the new Title VI: The Chartering Act in the weeks leading up to the December 5th Senate meeting. The Act clarified and reformed the 2010 Act for Obtaining a Charter, which no longer aligned with Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Organizations Department practices and policies.
Major highlights of the bill include:
- Gives the new rights to the GPSG Senate, such as the express right to vote on all new Charters and to appoint representatives to oversee the Chartering process.
- Eliminates separate GPSG Rechartering deadlines.
- Only the registration deadline set by the Student Organizations Department will be followed.
- The penalty process is reformed and the annual timeline is clarified.
- Responsibilities of the Vice President are clarified.
"This Act might not seem like it has the same gravity as The Elections Act, but the Chartering process was confusing for us and many of our organizations" said President Valley. "Because GPSG is another layer on top of the SGA and Student Organizations Department processes, it can be difficult for groups to have to Charter in two-or-three different places."
President Valley admitted that The Chartering Act does not address the source of the confusion, which is the overlapping responsibilities between SGA and GPSG. "The goal with this bill was to move one step in the right direction. By clarifying the processes and aligning with the other GSO authorities we are working to reduce the complexity of the system."
After minor debate, the Senate passed The Chartering Act 19-0 with two Senators abstaining.
Next, the Senate will be considering bills including Title I: The Executive Board, Title II: The Senate, and Title III: Cabinet and Committees.
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