On-line voting for board of governors causes a stir

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By Wojtek Dabrowski

The board of governors will hold its next election on the Internet to make the vote more accessible, but the plan is drawing loud criticism from RyeSAC.

In an open letter to the Ryerson community dated March 5, RyeSAC president Cory Wright outlined the student body’s concerns, including no possibility of a recount and lack of rules governing the new voting procedure.

“With all of the above questions still outstanding, there is no way of ensuring this election will be free and fair,” Wright wrote in the letter.

But Ed Valin, board of governors secretary, said he has no concerns about moving the elections on-line.

Normally, the elections take place on one day. Now, they will take place over a five-day period, starting April 4. Valin said that over the years, turnout has varied from 400 to under 2,000 votes.

“I think it’s a great idea because it extends the voting hours,” Valin said. “We think this is a very positive step.”

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