Emory was Florida, sans chads;
By Ben Smith, Staff
If neither courts nor Florida politicians nor Congress can fix it,
maybe they should turn this national election crisis over to college
Just nine months ago, Emory University's own Student Government Association
was swept up in a crisis over miscounted ballots, accusations of bias
against elections officials and competing claims of jurisdiction.
Emory's student legislature fixed the problem just this week by dumping
the old-fashioned system of paper ballots in favor of online voting.
But it was a long road getting there.
In February, SGA Vice President Moses Kim defeated junior representative Amanda Glover in a runoff.
But it was immediately voided when student Election Board talliers
discovered that more ballots had been cast than the number of identification
numbers recorded from votersa measure put in place to prevent
cheating that allegedly took place the year before.
An Election Board member quit in disgust over the decision to conduct
a new election and appealed to the student Constitutional Council to
let the election stand. The council agreed.
But wait, the full SGA thumbed its nose at the student court and voted
to conduct a new election anyway. Then at the 11th hour, and with the
prodding of an Emory administrator and SGA adviser, the election board
dropped the plan for a new election.
Will Claiborne, an Emory graduate and a former student leader, and
frequent critic of the SGA, told the Emory Wheel student newspaper amid
the fracas, "All the parties involved have shown an unprecedented
level of incompetence."
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