Last week Student Congress passed a bill that would raise the signature threshold for student body president candidates to get on the ballot from 1,000 to 1,250 signatures. Student Body President Hogan Medlin has until Friday to either sign or veto the bill.
As a board we have already come out in support of raising the minimum number of signatures. Medlin recently indicated that he strongly opposes a signature increase. He hasn’t specifically said he would veto — but it doesn’t bode well.
Raising the count would make elections cheaper and quicker. If the threshold is higher, fewer candidates will make it on the ballot and a runoff election will be less likely. Also, all campaigns are funded by student fees, so fewer candidates mean more money left over for student groups.
Medlin should take careful consideration when he decides what to do about the election reform bill. He originally expressed discontentment when the signature proposal was much higher — a 500 signature increase from previous years. Since that time the bill has been amended to cut the increase in half.
The smaller increase sounds like a good compromise to us.