Armed with the 21-page2013 Election Code handbook,the Student Senate ElectionsCommission is consideringalleged campaign violationsafter Sunday night’s hearing. Theunprecedented 25 percent voterturnout made for a competitivecampaign season where eachcoalition watched the other forpossible infringements of elec-tion protocols.Ad Astra and KUnited coali-tions collectively face 29 alleged violations. Last year, only 4 viola-tions were reported.“Both the coalitions were very competitive and very seri-ous,” said Caleb McIntosh, theElections Commissioner and asophomore from Carney. “Weexpected this.”The extensive reports onalleged violations included blurry camera phone photos, Facebook event screenshots, forwardedemails and official meeting min-utes.“Ultimately, two groups of stu-dents wanted to win over the stu-dent body and both groups feltthat breaking the rules wasn’t theway to do it,” said Mark Savoy, theKUnited School of Law SenatorElect, from Overland Park.The Elections Commissionread each alleged violation’s inci-dent report, clarified details andallowed representatives of eachcoalition to respond and pleadto or frequently refute the com-plaint.For example, Emma Halling,Ad Astra Vice Presidential Elect,spoke in front of one of her class-rooms to announce that vot-ing was open and all studentsshould participate in the elec-tion. While this announcementwas non-partisan, she was wear-ing an Ad Astra T-shirt. TheKUnited incident report arguesthat the announcement qualifiesas campaigning for her coalition,breaking Election Code 409.A.3,which bars campaigning insideuniversity-owned buildings.“If wearing a T-shirt is to beconsidered campaigning, then wehave several thousand violationsthat happened last week that weneed to pursue,” said Halling, a junior from Elkhart, Ind.Many of the above listedalleged violations were thorough-ly refuted; some were plead. Bothcoalitions and all individuals spe-cifically involved attended yester-day’s two-hour hearing panel tobe adjudicated or acquitted.“It was a necessary evil to makesure that the integrity of the elec-tion was followed through,” saidMarcus Tetwiler, the Ad AstraStudent Body President Elect, a junior from Paola.While the list of alleged vio-lations is extensive, both coali-tions expressed that policing eachother is exclusive to the campaignseason.“The campaign is over,”Tetwiler said. “We’re going for-ward. We’re looking toward how we can actually get these jobsdone.”Violation reports, McIntoshsaid, help to fulfill and validatethe democratic process.“If everyone is going to belooking at what you’ve done, it’sgoing to make you be more con-sistent with how the electionscode forces you to be,” McIntoshsaid. “The more violations cre-ates an incentive for you to actaccording to what the code tellsyou.”Violations in years past havebeen punished by fines againstthe coalition, such as a $25 finefor violating chalking codes.Both coalitions will be notifiedwithin 48 hours of the meetingon the verdicts of the cases andthe sanction recommendationsby the panel.
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