Bad weather delays SA senate elections

By Maureen Morrissey

The second day of the two-day Student Association senate elections was cancelled Thursday because of bad weather and lack of Huskie Bus service, according to the SA elections commissioner.

Commissioner Ray Callahan posted a memo outside the SA offices Thursday stating the election will not be rescheduled until Tuesday or Thursday. Because polling was held on Wednesday, the rescheduling will help accommodate students with

Tuesday-Thursday schedules. Thursday’s polling was called off at 11:15 a.m.

About 300 votes, less than 1 percent of NIU’s enrollment, were cast Wednesday, Callahan said. However, the ballots will not be tallied until after the final election day.

SA President Huda Scheidelman said, “There was absolutely nothing we could do about it. All we can do now is publicize the new date, so students are aware they can vote.”

Callahan said he does not think the postponement will hurt voter turnout. He added most of the 54 “poll workers cannot get there either.”

District 4 candidate John Hughes said he thought postponing the elections “was a good decision,” even though he said he was ready to drive people to the polls Thursday. He said he will now have more time to campaign.

Candidates for senate seats and senators were notified Thursday afternoon to come to Sunday’s senate meeting.

However, Senate Speaker John Fallon said Thursday morning, “we are going to try to cancel the Sunday senate meeting because we’d be operating on half of the senate.”

Scheidelman said, “The meeting is still going to occur. My office manager called all the senators and candidates telling them to come to the meeting.”