Major Parties Agree Not to File Charges Against Candidates

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In a move that truly reflects the tone of this year's election, the three major ASUC parties-APPLE, Cal-SERVE and Student Action-signed an agreement not to file charges against any candidates.

The agreement, signed last week, shows how this year's election was quite different from last year's much more partisan races. Last year's election ended in a mess of Judicial Council hearings and partisan bickering after dozens of candidates were disqualified from the elections. Most were later reinstated after much controversy.

But the Judicial Council, so far, has only three cases to hear, and only one is for offenses that could result in disqualification.

Party heads said the agreement was created because there were no blatant violations in this year's election.

"The main point is we don't want stupid Judicial Council hearings about chalking across the line," said Cal-SERVE Senator Jessica Quindel. "There's more respect out there."

Parties involved in the agreement said it shows the student body that the election was relatively clean.

"The student body should be proud that the parties came together and that the elections were a clean and positive experience for the student body as opposed to last year's election," said APPLE Signatory Kenny Kamrin.

Student Action Signatory Alex Ding said the move returned democracy back to the students' hands by avoiding the Judicial Council's pitfalls last year.

"I think last year's election was very unfortunate for the student body because essentially voters were disenfranchised, and it didn't seem as if their votes mattered," Ding said. "Simply too much power was placed in the hands of the attorney general and Judicial Council, and what we wanted to ensure this year is that voters have their votes counted and ultimately they are the electorate."

The agreement was also signed because the parties are not responsible for pointing out violations and filing charges. Rather it is the responsibility of the Elections Council and attorney general to file charges, Quindel said.

"We're not supposed to play police on other people," she said.

But some said they felt this type of agreement undermines campaign laws and creates an environment of lawlessness.

"When you hear about an agreement like this, it's always a bad thing," said former Elections Council Chair Bret Heilig.

Heilig said parties filing their own charges is helpful because big parties tend to have large staffs that can be assigned to candidates to make sure rules are followed. The attorney general has no staff, making it hard for him to be aware of all violations, he said.

Heilig also said he was suspicious such an agreement was drafted if there were no charges that were going to be filed in the first place.

But Kamrin defended the agreement as a means to keep people from worrying about charges being filed against them.

"We all told each other we weren't going to file charges because we ran our elections fairly cleanly," Kamrin said. "We don't have to lose sleep over it."

Independents also benefited from the agreement, since the participating parties agreed not to file charges against any candidate regardless of party affiliation.


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