SGA re-vote clarifies election

The scoop on what really happened in the spring election

By Cameron Niblock
On August 29, 2014

ASU’s Student Government Association Elections took place at the end of the 2014 school year, and in a rare occasion the student body had to vote for a second time for their student body president.

The election proceeded to have a recount because “each party filed violations” of the Election Code, Dr. Flores, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment, said.

Both parties had argued that their opponent had violated a clause in the Election Code, the base rules for the elections. Both candidates made every effort to communicate with students, Dr. Flores said. These rules had not been changed to accompany the new contested election.

“There were errors” regarding the violations, but this was to be expected considering “there had not been a contested race” in some time at ASU Dr. Flores said.

The violation being considered at the time was the use of sending emails to the student body asking them to vote for their party.

This is a legal way of communicating with students though “it had not been considered by the code” Dr. Flores said, with an understanding of how difficult it would be to monitor all email usage.

When the recount had been established students wondered who had won the election the first time around, Dr. Flores said.

It left both the students and candidates having “no idea one way or the other” who had won the election before the recount, Jared Goecker, current SGA president, said.

Regardless of the many different opinions regarding the recount, the election was concluded as a fair election because stricter campaigning had been established, and both parties had the opportunity to be heard, Dr. Flores said.

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