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Improving future ASSU elections

In light of several events highlighted by recent Stanford Daily articles, it appears there were two problems with the recent elections: voter disenfranchisement and campaign regulation. For each of these problems, there exist common-sense—if not necessarily simple—reforms that should be implemented to ensure a fairer and more representative election in future years.

ASSU hopes to increase civic engagement with new initiatives

This year, the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Elections Commission has made substantial revisions to the elections process, most notably with the introduction of Qualtrics, an online platform that the University uses for administrative surveys. For the first time, individualized links to ballots will be sent to each student’s email. Other additions to the voting process include reminder tables on voting days, hosted debates for the executive slates and dinner discussions between voters and candidates.