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If new election guidelines are approved by CU’s student government, future candidates would be barred from campaigning in university libraries, storming dorms or touching a computer while it’s being used by another student to vote.

After receiving several complaints of aggressive campaigning in the April 5-9 vote, election commissioner Alex Schnell has written two bills to be presented April 29 to the student government’s Legislative Council.

One would create 17 new campaign infractions, and the other would extend the responsibilities of the election commissioner to include more marketing of UCSG and soliciting of candidates for available positions.

“I tried to include anything you could think of to protect students and candidates next year,” Schnell said. “Some are a result of this election, but not all of the infractions were necessarily claims made during this cycle. Some are just precautionary.”

After this month’s election, several students filed complaints about the winners’ tactics, including that they stopped students on campus and held out laptops on which to log in and vote. But none of the alleged conduct violated CU’s current election code.

Schnell said the code has been altered several times in the past, including in 2003, when several infractions were removed.

“Those changes made it easier to break rules during the actual campaigning process and for candidates to be more intrusive on the student body,” he said.

CU sophomore Sandy Hwang said she had mixed feelings about candidates’ actions during the election.

“I did vote in the election, but I didn’t know anything about it until someone asked me if I voted as I was walking through the UMC,” Hwang said. “I mean, I guess they could tame the enthusiasm down a little, but it’s good that they’re telling students about the election.”

CU senior Katie Schneebeck said she agrees the library should be off limits to campaigning, but she was glad the candidates were more vocal this semester.

“I didn’t feel like they were pushy at all,” Schneebeck said. “They should be allowed to talk to students about it and bring their laptops around because that’s just convenient for students.”

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