An amendment to the Associated Students of Linfield College Bylaws was proposed at the Senate meeting Feb. 27, which would eliminate the fall election and bring back the special election process, which had been replaced by fall election just a few years ago.
The amendment was passed with just one opposition, passing it onto the student body to vote on in spring.
Senator Bradley Keliinoi, ASLC vice president, proposed the amendment so that instead of holding fall elections in mid-October,
Senate would be able to call special
elections. Under the new amendment, these special elections could be called within a minimum of two weeks following the approval of a measure by Senate to a student body vote.
Keliinoi said he feels that the amendment would “eliminate the static, inflexible election structure where there could only be one fall election for referendums, initiatives, and amendment proposals and one spring election for the same and voting for new ASLC executives.”
Because of the current voting structure, the student body only has two opportunities throughout the year to vote on issues and proposals. However, if passed by the student body, these bylaws would provide more opportunites to propose measures without the constraint of deadlines, and would allow for changes to happen more quickly rather than taking an entire academic year before implementation, as is happening now.
“The current fall/spring election system has not worked in the years it’s been implemented, and I would argue that it has in fact stifled creativity and progress within our student government,” Keliinoi said. “The current system is flawed and I truly believe that ASLC would benefit from a flexible election system that encourages discussion, promotes change, and incentives student participation.”
Many of the drawbacks Senate has pointed out have been about a lack of consistency in the ASLC Bylaws. Some feel that the Bylaws should not be changed from year to year—especially since this same system was amended just a few years ago.
Keliinoi said he feels that the consistency will be maintained since the Bylaws are not being changed in substantive ways.
“Overall, the main goal of this proposed amendment is to return ASLC to a more flexible election system that encourages discussion, promotes change, and incentives student participation,” he said.
Andra Kovacs/Senior reporter
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