Judicial Review Board to examine allegations of election infraction
Student Association’s Judicial Review Board will review allegations of election infractions within the next few days, though senior members of the organization say these are commonplace and will likely only amount to small fines.
“It’s no big violation,” President Dylan Lustig said. “Things like this happen all the time.”
Vice President Allie Curtis won the presidency with 31.1 percent — or 1,221 — of the votes on Nov. 16. Shortly after the results were made public, talk of possible infractions surfaced on social media sites such as Twitter.
Lustig said he couldn’t say for sure what the outcome of the Judicial Review Board’s assessment will be, but expects it only to amount to fines. The board has jurisdiction on the matter and will discuss it on Monday or Tuesday, he said.
Each violation carries a $10 fine, and this money is initially taken from the $50 deposit each presidential candidate must pay to run. This money flows back to the same pool of money as the student activity fee, he said. Presidential and comptroller candidates cannot be fined more than $150, according to the SA elections codes.
Violations can involve posting fliers in prohibited locations, he said. During his campaign, Lustig said he was cited for infractions twice.
Curtis said she thinks this stems from a member of her campaign team letting someone use an iPad, which is considered “staffing a polling station.”
But, she said, this offense will not affect the outcome of the election.
“The actual results are not being called into question,” she said. “Regardless, I will be serving as president.”
Published on November 26, 2012 at 12:34 am