Candidate slating under way today

Published: Friday, February 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:55 p.m.

As of the deadline for party registration Tuesday, six political parties are set to compete in this month's Student Government election.

In addition to the incumbent Gator Party, which is the only party so far to publicly announce its executive ticket, the Swamp Party, the Orange and Blue Party, the Student Alliance Party, the Progress Party and the Pants Party are all are gearing up for the month-long campaigning battle to control UF's Student Government.

However, a long list of party names at the registration deadline is not always indicative of a chaotic and uber-competitive election.

During the fall '07 election, five parties - Gator, Progress, Swamp, Greek and Impact - were registered, but only Gator and Progress actually slated candidates and campaigned.

The first step of this semester's election, candidate slating, begins today on the second floor of the Reitz Union. Party leaders will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions as well as conduct interviews with any students interested in becoming part of Student Government. Slating will continue Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Interested students need only to bring their Gator 1 ID with them to apply.

In addition to candidates from all participating parties, students can expect to see two other major items on the ballot.

A constitutional amendment that would officially pave the way for an online voting system in future elections will be on the ballot along with a referendum to gauge UF students' opinion on the Iraq war.

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