Isayas sent out an email to all of us campaigning saying the following:
Just to provide you all with a quick update, the elections committee met tonight to address a concern that was brought up about the interpretation of a part of the constitution. The line in question goes as follows:Today ASCMC's Election Committee handed down a great decision that will allow me to post my platform for this election cycle. I had petitioned the ASCMC Election Committee for a redress because of their then-standing interpretation of the ASCMC constitution that bans campaigning on so-called "social media." Unfortunately, the way several ASCMC Election Board members had interpreted that decision was that this section of the ASCMC Constitution banned all media on campus, including this -- and every other -- private website on campus. What some members of that Election Committee wanted was that only the Forum could comment or run things discussing the race -- something I found inadvisable and unconstitutional.
"Candidates may not use any online social networks (for example, Facebook, or MySpace) to encourage others to vote for themselves or to vote in general."
Prior to our meeting, we chose to interpret the use of online blogs under the blanket of social networks or media. After our deliberation, we have decided to allow the use of online blogs because they are not exactly a social network. This does not change anything about the use of social networks, no Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc.
Also, news publications will be following the campaign, so feel free to submit a statement if and when your are contacted.
ASCMC has no control over publications that do not receive ASCMC funding. So there is also a chance that certain publications will blatantly support one candidate over another. Although the likelihood of this happening is minimal, it is always a possibility.
Hopefully the remainder of this election goes smoothly and remains stress free.
Remember, you may not begin campaigning until Thursday at 6:30pm when you turn in your signatures and campaign money.
Good luck to you all, and see you in front of Collins.
My thanks to everyone that participated in the discussion and my condolences to the newspaper editors that were present but then asked to leave. I guess that's just another thing that ASCMC can change going forward.
The way it went was that I gave my speech, took some questions from the ASCMC Election Committee and then left the room for some time -- almost thirty minutes or so afterward -- and then they issued their decision. I would like to personally thank Isayas, our current president, who guaranteed a timely turnaround for this decision.
The substance of the decision is that I now have the right to post my platform on this website, and that independent school publications can cover the election as they see fit. Unfortunately, school websites and/or newspapers that do receive funding cannot endorse a candidate, but they are free to hold debates and cover the race, so long as they do their best to be neutral between the candidates.
The ban on Facebook currently stands and I will be deleting this blog post from my Facebook crawler as soon as I can. (I have a corporate finance exam tomorrow and will be off to the library up at Mudd.)