In a unanimous vote Sunday night, the Board of Elections decided that online petitioning for signatures is legal under the Student Code.
The board heard the case after student body president candidate Ian Lee launched a signature- gathering website Thursday that drew complaints from several opponents.
“The Student Code does not prohibit online signature gathering, so Mr. Lee will be allowed to collect online signatures so long as they’re legally collected,” said Andrew Phillips, the board’s chairman.
Phillips said the board’s decision will stand only for this year. He said Student Congress would have to change the Student Code to specifically prohibit online petitions.
At 5 p.m. today, student body president candidates must submit the minimum of 1,250 unique signatures needed for a place on the Feb. 8 ballot. Candidates who fall short of the 1,250 threshold have three days — until Friday — to meet it.