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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 3

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Rogers certified in disputed 8th District

4 subjects cited
for drinking at
Mosher-Jordan
Four persons were given citations
for Minor in Possession of alcohol
charges early Wednesday morning at
Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall,
according to DPS reports. One of the
subjects also received a pending
charge for property damage.
Pedestrian struck
at intersection
A car struck a woman at the inter-
section of Thompson and Liberty
streets Wednesday morning, DPS
reports state. The woman was con-
scious following the accident but sus-
tained an injured hip. The driver of
the vehicle remained at the scene.
Middle-aged man
ound face down
at Mary Markley
A man between the ages of 40 and
50 was taken to University Hospitals
emergncy room after being found
face down in the lobby of Mary
Markley Residence Hall on Wednes-
day, according to DPS reports.
Officers determined that the man
had ingested a fifth of alcohol, two
40-ounce bottles of beer and some
nknown substance.
Cookies spark
fire at Stockwell
A student left cookies baking unat-
tended in a Stockwell Residence Hall
kitchenette last Monday night, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The cookies
began to burn, setting the kitchenette
n fire and damaging the stove. A fire
alarm was triggered and the building
was'evacuated. No injuries were
reported.
Students taped
in Mosher-Jordan
Students at Mosher-Jordan Resi-
dence Hall taped other students in
their rooms last Monday morning,
-ccording to DPS reports. A report of
arassment was filed.
Men found in
Betsey Barbour
Male subjects frequented all-female
betsy Barbour Residence Hall last
.Monday afternoon, according to DPS
reports. No further information was
vailable, a report of harassment was
Wled.
Woman discovers
porn in coat, files
harassment report
Pornographic photos were found in
the coat of a woman at University Hos-
pitals early Saturday morning, DPS
reports state. The woman believed that
he photos were placed in her coat
when she left it unattended.
A report for harassment was filed.
Surgeons dislodge
deer slug from
hunter's knee
Surgeons at University Hospitals

removed a deer slug from the knee of
* patient Sunday afternoon, according
to DPS reports. The slug was logged
as evidence, and no further informa-
tion was provided.
Student hits head
on E. Quad stairs
A student in East Quad Residence
Hall hit his head on the concrete in
one of the stairwells last Monday
afternoon, DPS reports state. No
;quest for transport to University
Hospitals was made.
- Compiled bv Dailv Staff Reporter
David Enders.

Democrat Byrum requests
recount after losing to fellow
state senator by 160 votes.
By YaeI Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Mike Rogers, a Republican state senator from
Brighton, was certified by the state as the win-
ner in the 8th Congressional District for a seat
in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday.
The certification occurred at 3 p.m. yesterday,
and immediately afterward his opponent, state
Sen. Dianne Byrum (D-Onondaga) submitted
her request for a recount.
Rogers defeated Byrum by only 160 votes out
of 300,000 in the 8th District.
Liz Boyd, spokeswoman for Secretary of
State Candice Miller, said a recount will be
granted. "Any candidate has the right to a

recount," she said.
Byrum submitted her request to the State
Board of Elections canvassers yesterday, asking
for a recount in 207 of the 332 precincts in the
8th District.
Rogers is planning to submit an additional
request to the board today asking that all the
precincts be counted in the district.
"We feel that if you're going to do a recount
the entire district should be recounted," Rogers
spokeswoman Sylvia Warner said.
Byrum submitted her request through the
Michigan Recount Fund to the State Board of
Election canvassers.
A full, district-wide recount would take two
weeks, Boyd said.
The recount was requested because of poten-
tial inaccuracies, Michigan Recount Fund press
secretary Adam Wright said.
Wright said in an election this close a recount
is necessary.

Wright also gave other reasons for the
recount, including rumors about some students
not knowing where to vote and being turned
away from voting precincts in Ingham County.
Wright said there were also problems with the
optical scan voting system in Washtenaw Coun-
ty.
"We're still very confident that the election
results will be the same," Warner said.
Despite Byrum's request, Rogers is moving
ahead as a congressman-elect and attended
freshman orientation ip Washington last week.
Rogers is also preparing his staff for the
changeover.
In light of the problems election officials have
been facing in certifying Florida's presidential
election results, Boyd emphasized that Michi-
gan cannot be compared to the situation in
Florida.
"You cannot and do not compare us to the
state of Florida," she said. "We have promlugat-

ed rules that have gone through a legislative
process"
Michigan has clearly defined, intricate voting
regulations that even include details about how
much of the chad can be detached from the bal-
lot.
Chads - the piece of paper that is supposed
to be punched out in a ballot - has been the
source of much of the controversy in Florida,
where election officials have argued about
whether chads had been punched.
Under Michigan election law, the candidate
who requests a recount must pay for the
process. Recount costs are S10 per precinct.
Byrum would pay for the recount in the 207
precincts that she requested and Rogers worild
pay for the recount in the 125 precincts that-he
requests.
"We would be requesting a recount no matter
what happened in the the presidential election in
Florida," Wright said.

It's Greek to me

Proposal calls for uniform
voting process across state

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By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Considerable concern exists that the
current crisis involving the vote
recounts in Florida could be replicated
in other states unless voting systems
are seriously reformed.
In Michigan, state Rep. Mike
Kowall (R-White Lake) has
announced he will introduce a bill to
the Legislature in January that would
standardize the process by which all
precincts tally their votes.
"What we need is a standardized
election process as far as how the vote
is actually cast," Kowall said. "Optical
scanning is the best way we can accu-
rately keep track of votes.
"You would either connect an arrow
or fill in a circle. You do it with a pen-
cil and it's very simple."
Many voters who cast their ballots
in Washtenaw County did so using the
optical scan method. One benefit of
the optical scan method, Kowall
argued, is that it allows the voter to
correct any mistakes.
"If there is a mistake the machine
automatically rejects the ballot on the
spot and the voter has a chance to
revote. That way we're not looking for
any pregnant or hanging chads,"
Kowall said, alluding to the recount
procedure in Florida, where state offi-

"Optical scanning is the best way we
can accurately keep track of votes,
- State Rep. Mike KowIll
R-White Lake

AP PHOTO
Mary Clark, a nurse care assistant in Detroit, passes through the city's
Greektown area yesterday.
AIDS awareness
week kiks off

cials were examining punch card bal-
lots not completely punched out for
any indentation that could indicate
voter intent.
Officials at the Michigan secretary
of state's office maintain the current
controversy over which ballots to count
- those completely punched through
versus those partially punched or
indented - would never happen here.
"Our law is very specific," said Liz
Boyd, a spokeswoman for Secretary of
State Candice Miller. "In Michigan, if
there are one or two corners of the
chad still attached to the ballot, it
doesn't count. We really are a national
role model for standards of conducting
a recount because we have very defi-
nite rules ... that are objective and not
subjective."
Miller has also proposed moving
toward a uniform voting procedure.
But Miller is not willing to embrace
her fellow Republican's proposed elec-
toral reforms quite yet.
"While we're pleased to see mem-
bers of the Legislature coming out in

support of legislation to standardize
the system ... we are not ready :to
endorse optical scanning because we
are still in the exploratory phase,"
Boyd said.
Boyd added that Miller is exploring
all options, including - but not limit-
ed to - touch screen voting, which she
called "truly a state of the art system."
Support for reforming and standard-
izing the way Michigan voters cast
their ballots appears to have support
on both sides of the aisle.
"I have no problem with the stan-
dardized voting system," said Sen.
Alma Wheeler-Smith (D-Salem Twp.),
whose district includes the University.
"Specifically, the optical scan system
gives you a good, fast read and it elim-
inates the chance for a 'double vote."
Initially, some Democrats in the
state Senate had expressed concerns
over the cost of implementing a uni-
form voting system, which has been
estimated at S15 million.
"Fifteen million for an accurate
count ... is worth it," Smith said.

By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter
Student groups and community
members are continuing their efforts to
educate campus as AIDS Awareness
Week kicks off today.
"Students on this campus feel that
they are invincible," said Pamela
Inbasekaranm, chairwoman of the cam-
pus AIDS 2000 organization. "We need
to raise the awareness now to increase
consciousness throughout adulthood."
AIDS Awareness Week fall in conjunc-
tion with World AIDS Day on Friday.
One of the main aims of the week is
to increase knowledge about the disease.
Polly Paulson, sexual health education
coordinator at University Health Ser-
vice, said the week is an important way
to educate and inform students about
methods to control the spread of H IV
"Our goal is around the area of pre-
vention." Paulson said. "It is important
for students to get information on the
prevention, and protection in a timely
fashion before its too late."
As part of the week, UHlIS will be giv-
ing free oral AIDS testing in the Pond
Room of the Michigan Union tomorrow
for students unsure if they have contracted
the disease. Other events include a semi-
nar on HIV and AIDS in India, and a
showing of the film "Jeffrey" on Thursday.
Students who want to remember
those who have succumbed to the illness
can help make a memorial quilt at the
Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Affairs in the U.nion on
Friday at 3 p.m.
Kelly Garrett, LGBT coordinator of
programs and development said the
events of the week should be useful for
all students.
"There is a strong hope that this week
benefits everyone," Garrett said. "Many

people in our community are directly
affected and those who aren't will be
someday, be it a friend or a family mem-
ber" The week is pertinent for students
from all walks of life, regardless of
whether they have been affected or not.
In addition, the week includes events
to raise money in support of AIDS and
HIV charities.
The fund-raising includes a can-drive
for the HIV/AIDS Resource Center
tomorrow, as well as a game where stu-
dents can guess the number of condoms
in a jar. That event benefits Simon
House, a shelter in Detroit for infected
women and children.
To close the week on Saturday orga-
nizers plan to hold a charity ball to sup-
port Camp Rainbear, a summer camp for
children with the disease. Tickets are S10
and are available at the door or through
the Michigan Union Ticket Office. Last
year, the event raised about S3,000,
which they hope to match or even sur-
pass this year, Inbasekaranm said.
AIDS Awareness week at the Univer-
sity began in 1987, and continues to
grow student support, Paulson said.
"Students are very knowledgeable
and educated," Paulson said. "This year
students have taken the initiative to
organize the majority of the events and.
there is stronger student involvement all
around."
UHS estimates less than one-half of 1
percent of students on campus are
affected with HIV or AIDS, which Paul-
son said "is typical for most major uni-
versities." The goal is that this number is
reduced through awareness and preven-
tion, Paulson said.
The week begins tonight at 7 p.m. at
an open forum at the Union's U-Club,
where students can speak and share
their feelings about the disease through
poetry, music and dance.

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