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American Council of Trustees & Alumni on the Constitution

ACTA, a non-partisan organization based in Washington, has also taken note of the constitutional debacle here at Dartmouth. The group writes on its website:

The AGTF is now writing a new constitution that would compel petition candidates to conform to the impossibly restrictive requirement that they submit their entire agenda before the Nominating Committee names its official candidates; in other words, the AGTF is planning not only to subject petition candidates to a different set of electoral rules than those governing officially endorsed candidates, but is also, in so doing, undermining the ability of petition candidates to run in reaction to the aims and agendas of their opponents. Needless to say, the very notion of the petition candidate is predicated on the recognition that oppositional candidacy is a legitimate and reasonable thing, something that tends to arise spontaneously, out of felt necessity, when official candidates are felt to be lacking. The new rules that may govern petition candidates render that sort of candidacy virtually impossible, and so weaken what ought to be a vigorous, robust, and open electoral process. That petition candidates are limited to an unreasonably small window of time—thirty days—to amass the necessary number of signatures only underlines the chilling intention of the new constitutional provisions.
(…via Dartlog)


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