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Op-Ed: Ballot issues and the right to abstain

I voted in the recent ASSU election, and on many questions, the ballot prevented me from abstaining. For example, I only wanted to rank two of the Executive slates, but I was forced to rank all five. This led to my third, fourth, and fifth choices defaulting to the ballot’s random ordering. On the Annual Grants, I had to choose either “yes” and “no” for organizations I barely recognized. That can’t be the best way to allocate thousands of dollars.

Hirota, Scott at odds after FoHo controversy about ASSU Exec slate composition

In an email to students on the night of April 10 — the first day of the two-day Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) election period — campus newsletter the Fountain Hopper (FoHo) wrote that ASSU Executive candidate Kimiko Hirota ’20 allegedly “warned” her opponent Erica Scott ’20 that Hirota’s friends “might go public” with claims of relationship abuse against Scott’s original running mate.

ASSU Executive candidate Kimiko Hirota ’20 apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ tweet

On the eve of the 2019 Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) student government elections, ASSU Executive candidate Kimiko Hirota ’20 publicly apologized for a screenshot of a 2018 tweet she described as “anti-Semitic,” which she had posted on a now-deleted Twitter account. The tweet was publicized by the Stanford College Republicans (SCR) on Facebook…

2019 ASSU Executive Slates: A primer

It’s election day, Stanford! In preparation for the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) elections, which will be conducted via email ballot Wednesday and Thursday, The Daily surveyed each executive slate to find out their stances on the University’s most pressing issues. Below are summaries of each candidates responses: Kimiko Hirota ’20 and Bryce Tuttle…