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          Undergraduate Student Government polls open through tonight

          Emily Garvey

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: News
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          It's Facebook-official: Undergraduate Student Government elections are underway. The campaign period began last Thursday, with polls opening yesterday and continuing through 11:59 p.m. tonight on the USG website.

          This year, students can vote through CollegiateLink for the seven elected executive officers and the representatives for their college-14 for arts and sciences, 10 for engineering, five for Weatherhead, and three for Nursing. This is based on the number of students in each college.

          The election is overseen by election commissioner Kevin Moeller, the outgoing USG representative for Storrs House. Moeller was appointed through USG and selected a group of five students to help him as associate commissioners - two outgoing USG representatives and three not affiliated with the organization.

          "I look for a diverse commission," said Moeller. "So I have members from all the classes, people from all different organizations.

          "Our job is to make sure that the election is run fairly," he continued. "We have election bylaws, a posting policy, so we make sure that all the candidates are following that."

          Some of the ways that students are allowed to campaign are through Facebook groups and events, posting flyers and chalking. Students are not allowed to send mass emails, however, and must be sure to follow all posting policies such as to not post on buildings or trees and not obstruct other flyers.

          "The big thing that gets a lot of people is that they're responsible for their supporters too," says Moeller. "I'd say 90 percent of the violations that get reported come from supporters."

          This means that candidates can get in trouble even if they are not the ones to break the rules. Punishments range from warnings to being removed from the race and having to appear before the University Judicial Board. All election violations are posted on the USG Web site so that the campus community can be aware of any issues.

          More than half of the candidates are returning USG representatives, so the rules are nothing new to them. This may also lead to lower turnover within USG next year, as most candidates understand the expectations of the organization. All elected representatives will also have the rest of this semester to comfortably transition into their positions.
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