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Court discusses voting by proxy

The interpretation of election code 3.503 was one of the major talking points at this week’s court meeting.

Chief Justice Trent Coates said after the court meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26, “I think my associate justices did a good job of interpreting our election code [3.503]. This is something that we’ve dealt with twice already. One for senate, and another one for homecoming court.”

Election code 3.503 was brought up to court, so that it can agree on how it should be interpreted.

The interpretation that court agreed on was that a faculty member handing out ballot numbers to people is not voting by proxy.

Meaning that it is okay for faculty members to pass out a paper of ballot numbers to students, so that the students know whom can they vote for.

It is not different than how a club can endorse a student during his or her campaign to be a senator, president for the college or even homecoming queen.

This is the second time that this specific item has come up in court.

According to Coates, the reason for this coming up twice is because the constitution needs to be clarified.

“I feel like a lot of our constitution needs to be clarified and that’s why having the three different branches is good because court can sit here for just one meeting and interpret something that relates to another branch or something happening on campus,” Coates said.

Coates said that the code coming up twice has no correlation with the athletes getting elected onto senate, but did say that the athletics supporting student athletes is no different than when a club supports a student campaigning for an elected position on campus and didn’t feel it is proxy.

As for ASCC President Eduardo De La Rosa, he feels that the code is an important issue and that is why it has popped up again.

“I think they (court) handled it well,” De La Rosa said. “I think the conversation is not over yet, it’s going to keep coming up.”

The court also reviewed Article 3 Section 5 in the Cerritos College ASCC Constitution.

This part of the constitution grants the ASCC President the power to appoint justices and can be approved by senate. No other member within the three branches can appoint a justice other than the president.

ASCC Court will meet again next week on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in room BK 111/112.

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