New CSG initiatives include Diag Wi-Fi, voter registration

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:24pm

University of Michigan Central Student Government convened Tuesday night, introducing the various initiatives of their executive committees for the academic year and passing revisions to the CSG Elections Code.

On par with a wider initiative of schools in the Big Ten Conference, CSG Vice President Nadine Jawad, a Public Policy senior, announced efforts for the University to partake in a University-side campaign to compete against other institutions to register students to vote as Sept. 26 — National Voter Registration Day in the United States — approaches.

CSG President Anushka Sarkar, an LSA senior, redressed concerns among the assembly about registering students to vote in the state of Michigan, which may not be their permanent residency.

“We will not be encouraging people to be registered to vote in Michigan or Ann Arbor if this is not their regular residence because there are ethical concerns,” Sarkar said.

She went on to reaffirm the motives of the committee and CSG as solely purposed in getting better student voter turnout rates in elections.

“The whole point of this is to get people to register to vote; we don’t really care where they’re voting,” Sarkar spoke.

Fulfilling an initiative outlined in their platform as candidates last semester, Jawad announced at assembly she will be meeting with the University’s Information Technology Services as soon as next week to discuss initiatives of installing Wi-Fi on Central Campus’s Diag.

With the widespread campaign efforts of the eMerge party during last winter, the Information and Technology Services began working on the initiative in June, Sarkar told the committee.

With due diligence, Sarkar told the committee that students could see Wi-Fi on the Diag as soon as the latter half of the Winter 2018 semester.

In rewriting Article VI of the University Election Commission, CSG also instituted the position of special prosecutor for Student Government elections, citing a need for a more impartial hearing process for parties filing complaints to the elections director.

Under the new position, the special prosecutor will serve as a petitioner for any case whose complainant requests and be responsible for gathering evidence and presenting cases at hearing before the elections counsel.