If you voted in the ASF election between 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. yesterday, cast another ballot, if you want your vote to count. If this sounds confusing, that’s because it is.
Derek Garner and Christina Romero, two ASF candidates, were told yesterday morning, after voting had started, that their applications for ASF positions were lost. Nancy Adams, ASF president, gave them another application and told them to return it to her as soon as possible. Romero managed to submit another application, in without a photo, by 11 a.m. and had her name added to the ballot by hand. Garner did not.
The Campus Times contacted Adams at approximately 11:30 a.m. By 11:50, Adams reached Garner again and told him that she would make all votes cast up until then invalid. By 12:16, ASF had printed a new, green ballot, which included both Romero’s and Garner’s names. In addition, Adams sent a letter to all the students who’d voted between 10 and 12:15, informing them of the “unfortunate misplacement” and advising them, “If you still wish to recast your vote, please visit the balloting table in front of the Student Center desk.” A sign was posted outside the Student Center, with the names of people who have to re-vote.
This prompt action is impressive. Garner and Romero will now have as good a chance as other candidates. Sophomore Michelle Ourique, elections chair, was unavailable prior to election day. This left the responsibility and organization up to Adams. The question is, how could this have happened? Why didn’t somebody discover the omission of two candidates before voting started? What would ASF have done if they couldn’t get in touch with the two until later than they did, or even not at all? What about the students who never received the letter telling them they could re-cast their vote?