The Associated Students of CSU tabled a bill that would amend
the election code in the ASCSU constitution Wednesday night.
On its first reading bill 3322 stated that the ASCSU
constitution does not outline a formal amendment process or have an
appropriate timeline for appointing the election committee or
“In previous elections controversy has come up, and problems
have arisen and people have in one way or another been put in
compromising positions with regard to election rules … I’m not
going to sit on it anymore, this is necessary,” said Jason Huitt,
speaker pro tempore and writer of the bill.
The proposed amendments would clarify election rules that are
unclear in the constitution.
“These (amended) rules would be clearly stated and clearly
specified and there would be no question,” Huitt said.
The proposed changes are to present nominees for the election
committee to the senate four weeks prior to Spring Break;
previously nominees were presented two weeks before Spring
The bill also proposed there be “nine impartial and unbiased
members” of the election committee, clarifying the previous eight
to twelve members.
Presently, when the new ASCSU president and vice president and
new senate members are announced, the previous vice president
chairs the beginning of the meeting. In the event that the previous
vice president is elected president, as Vice President Katie
Clausen has been this year, there is no one to chair the first
committee of the new school year.
The amendment would appoint the Speaker pro tempore of the
previous year to chair the beginning of the committee, until the
new vice president is inaugurated.
Also, the bill would allow the members of the senate to amend
the election code during ASCSU elections in the form of a bill.