Board of Elections announces new timeline for election

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A meeting was held in Carroll Hall on Jan. 30 for students to announce their intent to run for student body president.

The UNC Board of Elections voted on a new, provisional timeline for student body presidential elections. 

The new election date is March 2. Students can vote between 12 a.m. and 8 p.m. The runoff election date is March 9 if no candidate receives the required 50 percent to win.

The BOE will release a list of candidates who collected the required 1,250 signatures at 5 p.m. on Feb. 23.

Candidates who did not have enough signatures will then have a 24-hour grace period to collect more. That grace period will end on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.

After six new members to the BOE were approved at Wednesday night’s special session of Student Congress, the BOE was able to officially meet to decide on the new timeline.

Paul Kushner, chairperson of the BOE, said they received confirmation early Thursday afternoon that the injunction placed by the UNC Student Supreme Court had been lifted. The BOE then met later on Thursday afternoon for an official meeting.

“We are doing this fully acknowledging the Supreme Court could pause it again if they want to, as part of the appeal process,” Kushner said.

Kushner said the board is planning hearings for two outstanding complaints. He said these hearings are being planned for Sunday.

“We have a re-hearing of the Shriver v. Nail complaint, and then there has been another complaint filed in the student body president election, and that is a student named Harry Edwards against the Matthew McKnight campaign,” Kushner said. 

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