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March 12, 1922 - Image 13

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Political Reforms on the C
A Communication
The Sunday Magazine. illegal methods. Such votes could be The system of counting the ballots
ig the past two years there cast out. could be revised to advantage. The'
een caustic criticisms of our Another familiar abuse is the dead- counting of the votes is now done by
ballot, that is casting votes of those a committee of students appointed by
system of conducting campus who have left school. This is done by the Student Council. Might not those
is. This criticism was just. 1 those whose campus ambitions have appointed by the Council be inter-
ttempt to describe the defects been stronger than their scruples. If ested in the outcome of the election?
present system and to propose we -are to have an intelligent and Is there not a possibility that this
uggestions as to their remedy. representative campus vote we must counting committee might take advan-
confine the ballot to those who are at- tage of its particular function to favor
criticism arises from three tending college. The Registrar coffld some particular candidate? Such a
first, the voting of women publish a list{ of students who have possibility exists. If the system of
s; second, the vote of the withdrawn, which could be used at elections is to be complete, it must
an class; and third, the fraud- registration booths to prevent the necessarily allow some unprejudiced
se of election methods. false registration of such students. body to compute the returns of that

ampus

election. The Student Council might
appoint seven State Street merchants
to count the votes. A sufficient num-
ber of these men are willing to. do
their utmost to secure a fair campus
election.
There remains but one point, a dif-
ferent scheme of advertising the can-
didates. In the past candidates have
not been known well enough to the
voters. About ninety per cent of the
votes have been cast at random. Such
a system is not a desirable one. Some
methods by which the candidates can
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asly states tat only male students
shall vote on Union offices. The wo-
men, because of their ignorance of
this provision, have voted on these
offices and their votes have been
counted, due to the impossibility of
identification. Under the present sys-
tem of long ballot, Union as well as
other offices, have been placed on one
ballot, and the women have voted on
them all. By instituting a short bal-
lot for the women, upon which would
appear only those offices on which the
women students are entitled to vote,
this evil could be eliminated. This
needed change would only necessitate
the printing of two forms of ballot.
The most discouraging problems
arise from the ALL-CAMPUS-VOTE
of the Freshmen class. This vote
should be limited to the affairs of that
class. The reason for this is found
in the analogous position of the nat-
uralized citizen of this country. The
Government does not allow anyone to
vote unless. he has been living in the
country a certain length of time. The
reason for this is obvious. So it is
with the Freshman calss. The Fresh-
men generally have not sufficient
knowledge of the qualifications of the
candidates to vote intelligently. If
the Freshman vote is permitted it will
open the door to "vote grabbing,"
which is extremely undesirable.
The only way by which fraud can be
eliminated is to actually determine
and define the legal vote of the stu-
dent body. A system of registration
by which there might be separate
booths for the classes of each college,
would bring this about easily. Actual
registration need be held but once a
year. Some officer within the class
could prepare a list of the students in
that specific class and upon registra-
tion each student would be given a
registration card and his name would
be checked off from.. the class roll.
The card would be presented at the
actual voting to those in charge of
the booth, who then would check the
registration with the duplicate card
and also with the votes cast at the
election. This would afford a double*
check on the voters and eliminate
the possibility of any student's voting
fraudulently. Officers of the class
would man the registration booths.
Under the present system all ballots
for the several colleges are the same.
There is nothing to prevent the "swap-
ping" of ballots by some ambitious
candidates or one of their zealous fol-
lowers. They would go to a booth and
request blank ballots and mark these
as they willed, depositing them at
some other booth. The solution of
this would be to give each school a
different colored ballot. Fraud could
be detected at once upon the appear-
ance of a variety of colorbd ballots in
the ballot-box of one booth. It would
be evident that some candidate's num-
ber of votes had been increased by

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