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L Election Process Analyzed

Gilbert & Sullivan

lecion Trends ...
It will take a turnout of more
an 7,800 students at the Student
gislature all-campus election
tesday and Wednesday to break
e record set last spring when 45
r cent of the campus trooped to
e polls.
But a study of balloting figures
er the last four years shows that
1 elections usually attract few-
voters than the spring contests.
ws chances for an all-time per-
ritage high seem slim.
* * *
e voting trends is that student
rticipation has shown a marked
crease over the four-year period.
In the eight Student Legisla-
ure elections held during this
ime, an average of 38 per cent
f the student body voted.
'his compares to the 31 per
ent who cast ballots in the first
lection held in the spring of
The four fall elections from
48 through 1951 brought an av-
age of 36 per cent of the student
dy to the polls, while the spring
lloting attracted an average

40.25 per cent.
Since the fall of 1949, however,
the figure has never'i gone below
38 per cent. Lows over .the four-
year period occured in the spring
and fall elections of 1949 when
the balloting attracted only 33
per cent of the campus.
IT IS HARD to establish a cor-
relation between voting trends and
the number of campus issues in
the news, since last fall when SL
had been successful in liberalizing
library hours and gaining the
Thanksgiving holiday, a mere 38
per cent voted.
However, the four per cent
differential between spring and
fall figures quite possibly re-
sults from the larger number
of contests decided in the
Spring elections decide SL per-
sonnel, senior class officers in the
various schools, Union vice-presi-
dents, membership in the Board
in Control of Student Publications
and other officers while the fall
campaign usually centers only on
SL positions.

Dean of style .. smooth, rugged COR DOAN!

Hare System . ..e
The Union Ballroom will be a
smoke-filled scene of excitement
and tension Wednesday night as
ballots are counted and one by
one candidates are elected to the
Student Legislature.
To some observers however, the
Michigan Hare Election System
of ballot distribution, redistribu-
tion and changing quotas presents
only a vision of confusion.
* 0* s
THE FAIRLY complex proce-
dure of ballot tabulation is mis-
understood by many student vot-
ers who feel that once their first
choice is dropped, the rest of their
votes are invalid. This is not true.
Every vote, sometimes reaching
as far down as 20th choice is re-
corded once in the final count.
The Michigan Hare System, '
however, is not as hectic as it
may seem at first glance. The
procedure of recording votes
runs as follows:
1. The ballots are distributed in
piles for each candidate accord-
ing to the first place choice marked
on each.
2. Then the total number of
ballots cast is counted and the
quota required for election is de-
termined by dividing this sum plus
one by the numbers of positions
to be filled plus one.
3. Any person over the quota
on the first count is elected and
the candidate receiving the
lowest number of votes is elim-
" 4., The ballots exceeding the
quota which the elected candi-
dates receive are pulled at random
from the piles and redistributed
according to second place votes.
If the second place candidate is
already elected, the third place
vote is used and so on.
5. After each count the low-
est candidate is dropped and his
votes are redistributed. This pro-
cedure continues until every po-
sition is filled.
The Hare System has been used
by the Student Legislature since
the first election in April 1946.
Although several other methods
of voting have been experimented
with, the Hare System is still in
use because it has always been
considered to be the most repre-
sentative of individual student

Driving Ban
On SL Ballot
Next Week
(Continued from Page 1)
son why the city's abandoned car
law could not be invoked. This
law calls for the confistication of
cars left on the streets more than
48 hours.
* * *
ANOTHER objection to any
change in the ban is the charge
that it would be unfair and un-
democratic to students who could
not afford to buy or own a car.
Many feel that allowing cars would
create different levels in the stu-
dent body.
The ban was originally insti-
tuted in 1927 at the request of
President Clarence E. Little, after
several deaths and serious acci-
dents attributable to student driv-
ing had occurred in preceeding
semesters. Before the ban any
upperclassman with a C average
and written permission from his
or her parents could have a car.
In the beginning the ban was
written so that all studentdriv-
ing was forbidden. However the
Regents slowly relaxed the ban
to the present regulations which
allow married students, thoseover
28, and part time students driving
If the Board of Regents does not
act on any of the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs' proposals, a diffi-
cult situation could develop with
the completion of the North Cam-
pus. Commuting between the two
mile distant location and the main
campus without a car could cause
students considerable difficulties.



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Plans for the city to buy the
42-acre fairgrounds tract belong-
ing to the Washtenaw County Fair
Society came to an abrupt halt
this week.
A dispute over voting privileges
of so-called life members result-
ed in postponement of the group's
annual meeting to December 23.
THE DISPUTE came to a head
in a court hearing Saturday when
attorneys for a group of life mem-
bers secured a writ forcing the so-
ciety's secretary-treasurer, Ben
E. Pryer, to open the membership
rolls in an effort to determine who
has the right to sit in on the
group's annual meetings.
Chief item on the agenda of
this year's meeting which had
been originally scheduled for
Wednesday was the sale of the
society's fairgrounds tract on
the western edge of the city.
The question of the status of
the voting privileges of life mem-
bers arose when it became known
several weeks ago that a group of
them advocated selling the prop-
erty to the county rather than to
the city as proposed by the so-
ciety's officers.
SL To Show
Produced in Germany, this
weekend's attraction of the Stu-
dent Legislature Cinema Guild,
"The Affair Blum" brings to the
screen not only a detective story
of power and suspense, but a sharp
social commentary a's well.
Set in the period of the Wei-
mar Republic, the macabre study
of legal lynching and murder deals
with a case which actually took
place and achieved notoriety sim-
ilar to the Dreyfus case in France.
The impact of the murder upon
a group of people of different
ages, religions, classes and ┬░be-
liefs is acutely observed in a style
reminiscent of this country's Al-
fred Hitchcock.
One of the most celebrated films
to come out of Europe since the
end of the war, "The Affair
Blum" will be presented at 5:30,
7:05 and 9:10 p.m. today and to-
morrow and at 8 p.m. Sunday at
Architecture Auditorium.
Research Expert
To SpeakToday
Edward C. Varnum, head of op-
eratiqns research for the Barber-
Colman Co. of Rockford,Ill., wil
address a public meeting on "Op-
erations Research: Decision De-
vices," at 8 p.m. today in Rack-
ham Amphitheatre.
Varnum will talk about the ap-
plication of statistical analysis to
sales, marketing, purchasing, per-
sonnel administration, cost anal-
ysis and production control in all
phases of industrial management.
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of America

Contending that proceeds from
the sale of the property should go
to agricultural interests in the
county so that a building could
be built outside the city to bene-
fit rural dwellers in the area, the
life members urged sale of the
land to the county who would in
turn sell to the city.
SOCIETY officers, on the other
hand, asked that the fairgrounds
be sold directly to the city which
had already made tentative plans
for an exhibition building to con-
tain a sports cezter and recreation
The issue was further compli-
cated by the approval of a bond
issue of -160,000 by city resi-
dents in the November 4 election
to finance the project. Of this
figure, $127,500 had been of-
fered by the city for the proper-
ty and development, t~he re-
mainder 'being earmarked for
purchase of other park areas.
According to Frank DeVine, at
torney for the society, the mem-
bership dispute stems from a con-
flict between the organization's
charter and a state statute gov-
erning voting privileges in such
Where the charter for the so-
ciety provides for threeclasses of
members: anual, ten-year mem-
bers paying $5, and life members
paying $25, the statute rewuires
that only annual members be al-
lowed voting privileges.
A second court hearing has been
set for December 13

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