Amendment to the Election Bylaws: Senators Term Lengths

This resolution aims to decrease the turnover rate in the WSA and decrease the amount of elections dedicated individuals who wish to continue to be a senator have to run in. In the past few elections there have been more seats than candidates running, and only a few of those senators running gets a full year term. As a result, there are appointments made to fill the remaining seats where the individuals do not go through the entire elections process. This resolution simply states that if there are more seats than candidates running then the people who ran automatically get a full-year term. I think this is fair because if an individual has enough motivation to run and not wait for an appointment, then they should get the full-year term. Also, this resolution does not apply when there are more people running than seats available. In that case, the allotment of full year to semester term length should be equivalent to a 2/3 majority to 1/3 minority, wherein if the split should favor more full year seats in the case that the fraction does not divide evenly. Lastly, if an individual so chooses then they can receive a semester term, they simply have to alert the Chief of Staff in a written letter that they only want a semester term. In that case, nothing precludes them from running again in the next election cycle. Again, this resolution is pretty straightforward, and I hope it will decrease the amount of turnover and decrease the amount of elections dedicated individuals have to run in.

By Pauline Jaffe '21

Discussion on this resolution will happen in the WSA Senate Meeting on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 6:00pm in Boger Hall, Room 114. We invite all community members to come and voice their opinions on this matter and ask questions.