Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 16, 2012 6:30 AM

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Fair voting?

When I heard the results of the recent UISG election, I found them hard to believe — not in the fact that Nic Pottebaum and Jessie Tobin won the presidency and vice presidency, but rather the fact that all 39 of the I Party senators were selected.

In considering what may have possibly led to this result, I may be able to provide some insight. 

On the first night of elections, my floor in Rienow Hall was visited by Pottebaum and his good friend Jay Brown. I was with a large group of friends in a room when they introduced themselves as I Party candidates (as if it wasn't obvious from their shirts) and asked if any of us had voted yet. When one of my friends in the room answered no, they walked in and gave us laptops they were carrying with them. The two informed us all how to log onto ISIS and access the voting page.

"While you're at it, just vote for all I Party candidates," they said as the first one of our group started to vote. 

Now the last time I checked, a voting environment is meant to be private and without any outside influence. Contrary to this, I found myself observing Pottebaum and Brown watch over each one of our shoulders, directing us for whom to vote.

When I asked other students, from not only Rienow but other residence halls, I heard similar stories of I Party candidates toting around computers and telling people to blindly vote for only I Party candidates.

By doing so, the I Party breached a barrier of privacy for many UI students. I don't think that is either fair or proper for any candidate to do so in a political campaign, especially one at UI.

Eric Mortensen
UI student

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