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    Campus,

    First of all, USG would like to apologize for all of the confusion and our error over the elections. It was determined after elections closed that the ticket that held David and Stephanie’s name was actually ineligible. USG made the mistake by putting them on the ballot; we knew the election packet was turned in late, but we did not realize it was a blatant violation of our bylaws. If we would have known this prior, their names would not have appeared on the ballot. Due to this mistake, and the fact that the ineligible candidates won the election, we are reopening the elections for the Student Body President and Vice President positions.

    This election is open to any students who are interested in the positions of Student Body President and Vice President. A new timeline has been created, and is as follows.

    April 16th: Election packets available for…

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    James commented  · 

    Your timeline matches mine. However, I would like to remind you that I was not consulted over the issue. Jenn is the Director of Student Activities and, to the extent of my knowledge, did give Dave permission. However, she did not have this power. Had I known at the time, I would most definitely have objected.

    I congratulated Dave and Stephanie because I was happy that they won, because I know they are good people with strong leadership experience (I believe both are presidents of their respective houses). I then requested to be reappointed because I enjoy being on USG and wished to continue the experience. I submit the complaint per request of my running mate.

    With regards to the Election Committee, I would refer that question to either Lauren or Gerald as I had no association with it in order to observe Article IX.A.2.a. I will try my best to answer on their behalf, but know that I may be incorrect.

    Article IV.A.7 would apply had Dave and Stephanie won under normal circumstances. Given that Article IX.A.3.b had been violated in the process, corrective measures were taken by the Election Committee to ensure that the Bylaws were followed. Collin Marshall was initially on the Election Committee as well, but then decided to run for At-Large Senator to the Faculty and removed herself.

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    James commented  · 

    I understand that it was my duty to inform all parties of the Bylaws and I truly regret not being able to do so sooner. However, as a candidate, I was not allowed on the Election Committee and I was not informed of the incident until after it the announcement had been made. I know that this is what the student body wants, and respect its decision, as I know both Dave and Steph are highly qualified individuals. However, USG must operate within the Bylaws. If not, it sets a precedent that must not be followed.

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    James commented  · 

    Paige, I understand that you feel that this is unfair. I definitely understand that Dave and Steph must feel incredibly unjustified as well. However, rules are rules and they cannot be broken. It is explicitly laid out in the Bylaws that candidates may not be on the election ballot if the petition to run is turned in late (Article IX.A.3.b). If USG were to disregard this section of the Bylaws, it would be a blatant act of disobedience. The Bylaws of the Undergraduate Student Government of the Colorado School of Mines are set up so that the Council has a clear and defined operating procedure. The Bylaws exist not only for the good of USG, but for the benefit of the students as well.

    I am greatly sorry that Mr. Gabrielson and Ms. To where told that they had won only to be told otherwise. However, the Election Committee, Dave and Steph are to blame for being uninformed. If David wanted to be Student Body President, he would have continued to run with Patrick Marshall, his original running mate. After the election, Patrick would have tendered his resignation. This would have ensured that the election packet was turned in before the deadline and would have been in full accordance with the Bylaws.

    The Bylaws are available on Orgsync, so the act of being unknowledgable is only the fault of the uninformed.

    "..Candidates must submit the petition during the stipulated time period. Failure to enter such petition before the date of closing of nominations will prohibit the candidate's name from appearing on the ballot" - Article IX.A.3.b

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