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Resolution to permit electronic voting

Whereas in several instances the Senate and Congress Bylaws and the Senate and Congress Charter require that voting take place by "secret written ballot"; and

Whereas the term "written" is ambiguous as to whether electronic ballots are permitted; and

Whereas secure electronic voting can fill the intended function of a secret written ballot:

Therefore be it resolved, that

The Senate understands the Bylaws as permitting secret and secure electronic votes as a form of secret written ballots; and

The Senate authorizes the Committee on Faculty Service to conduct secret and secure electronic voting; and

The Senate urges the Committee on Administration and Budget to propose a revision to the Bylaws amending "secret written ballot" so that electronic voting is unambiguously permitted.


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