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Tuesday, September 26, 2023


60th SGA administration approves new election code

Juana Garcia/ The Cougar

Last week, the Student Government Association held a meeting which saw the appointment of several students to key positions, as well as the passage of a new election code dubbed the Election Code Reform Act.

“Being able to make SGA elections more accessible for all was one of my number one concerns,” said SGA President Benjamin Rizk. “I’m very proud of everyone in this administration for working so hard and taking the time to help revise the election code.”

The previous election code removed the establishment of term limits. In turn, the updated election code reinstated them. In addition, the act also set new limits on campaign expenditures.

Candidates running for an SGA senator as an independent candidate are now limited to $500. Those running for SGA at-large seat as an independent candidate may spend up to $750 and political parties and independent presidential candidates are limited to $1,200.

Additionally, voting in SGA elections has reverted to a ranked-choice system. This allows each voter to rank their candidate choice in descending order. 

Associate justice Tyler Garrett was introduced  as a potential candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Despite receiving several endorsements, Garrett was unable to attend the meeting and his appointment was tabled for Aug. 2. 

“I endorse Tyler Garrett because I absolutely love getting to work with him both personally and professionally,” said Attorney General Jadyn Winsett. “I think that he is an amazing candidate for this position.” 

Additionally, Fatima Gendra was appointed as director of multicultural affairs, and Senator Joseph Blanchard was appointed to the Public Art Committee.

The 60th administration has set many goals on its agenda that they are motivated to reach. The upcoming budget bill is set to be introduced Aug. 2. 

Correction: A previous version of this article erroneously referred to Fatima Gendra and Tyler Garret as having previously served as SGA senators. 

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