GSAED Fail: UofO Senate Elections Marred by Faulty Ballot
From: Joseph Hickey
To: Peter Schalk (Chief Returning Officer, GSAED)
Date: March 25, 2012
Subject: Appeal: Senate-Sciences election was not valid and must be redone
Please receive the attached pdf file containing my appeal of the Senate-Sciences election administered by GSAED last week (March 19-21). My appeal is based on a fatal procedural error on the election ballot, which I called to your attention during the election period, and which was related to the large number (141) of spoiled ballots in the Senate elections compared to the vote margin between the other candidate (Matt Alteen) and I (2 vote difference).
I argue that the Senate cannot have confidence that this election was administered properly by GSAED or that the results can be deemed to be fair and in accordance with the Senate’s Policies and Regulations regarding elections of Senate members.
I ask for the Senate-Sciences election to be invalidated and entirely redone.
I have informed Mr. Alteen about my appeal, and I expect him to agree that the election must be invalidated and redone on the basis of this procedural error on the election ballot.
I have sent you my personal information (address, telephone number, and student number) in a separate e-mail for privacy reasons. This information is required by GSAED By-Law XXII upon appealing an election result.
Cc: GSAED Council members, UofO Vice-President of Governance