Posting of ‘DONE' Fliers Results in Charges Against Student Action

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Insufficient funds and campaign violations are a few of the problems threatening to tarnish the ASUC elections-not even officially under way.

Attorney General Mario DeBernardo announced at the ASUC Senate meeting yesterday that he was in the process of filing charges against the Student Action party for posting their "DONE fliers" over ASUC-sponsored fliers, a two- to three-censure violation.

DeBernardo warned senators about campaign violations and expressed his dismay that there were violations being investigated even before the candidates meeting, which typically marks the official start of campaigning.

"It's kind of ridiculous that this is happening so soon when parties haven't officially registered their candidates yet," DeBernardo said.

Many senators at the meeting urged DeBernardo not to be lenient by warning the party about the violations, as was done last year for first-time violations.

"Obviously the parties are not ignorant of the bylaws," said Independent Senator Puja Sarna.

Senators also voiced disappointment that the party would post fliers over the student groups they help sponsor.

"You would hope they would be smart enough not to flier over student groups," said APPLE Senator Noah Kagan. "It shows the lack of respect they have for the student groups on campus."

Student Action denies it had people post the fliers, citing examples of how some of the fliers were posted over Office of the President fliers.

ASUC President Wally Adeyemo said such "dirty tricks" are not alien to ASUC elections.

"As a representative for Student Action I want the general public to know we did not post over the fliers," Adeyemo said. "We didn't post the fliers over our student group fliers."

DeBernardo said that on Thursday night or Friday morning he will make his decision on whether to issue a warning or three censures.

Another problem facing the fast-approaching elections is that the Elections Council still has not been allocated enough money to put on the elections, which run April 9 to 11.

The Elections Council is requesting $7,800 in addition to its $38,500 budget. The additional funds are needed to pay the League of Women Voters for supervising the election and for the installation of ethernet lines at polling places in order to network the card swiping machines. The network will be used to verify student registration and prevent students form voting twice.

The league has said they need more money because of added responsibilities and the increase in number of polling places.

But because only 14 senators attended Wednesday's meeting, the bill to increase the elections budget could not be approved.

"We couldn't pass one of the most important bills of the year just because people weren't here," said Walking Walrus Senator Anand Upadhye during the meeting. "Good arguments on both sides should stop a bill, not poor attendance."

Elections Council Chair Faisal Ghori emphasized the great need for the money and reiterated the same points he has been saying all semester to the senate.

"This cost needs to be covered now. Otherwise the election will not be able to run," Ghori said.

Some were opposed to the bill because of the growing price tag of this year's election.

"This is an unrealistic amount of money to run an election that is appreciated by the students," Kagan said.

While the problems already plaguing the elections indicate a bad start to some officials, others say it's just business as usual in ASUC.

"I think this is how ASUC elections have been and are gong to be. I don't think this is a big change to prior elections," Upadhye said. "I think it's going to be as sleazy as prior elections."


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