The clip above is from an in-studio interview with Jeffrey Washington on April 27, 2012. Since then, Mr. Washington and his running mate, Scott Hirsbrunner, have been re-instated after disqualification concerning campaign violations for the Metro State Student Government Assembly.
The results from Student Government Assembly’s elections seem to be no longer in question. After today’s trial, the Student Court has preliminarily decided not to uphold the Election Commission’s disqualification of Jeffrey Washington and Scott Hirsbrunner for President and Vice President.
The SGA Election Commission posted the results of the 2012 general elections on April 23rd.
Two days later, Washington and Hirsbrunner were told the Election Commission had disqualified them for three alleged violations:
- Improper campaign posting
- Campaigning in the SGA office
- Organizing an event without reserving the space
Washington and Hirsbrunner appealed the case to SGA’s Student Court later that week. The appeal, however, could not involve findings of fact, just that the Election Commission did not act within their codes.
Today, Chief Justice Michael Forrester began the Pre-Trial Conference at 2:30 PM from Tivoli 642. A motion had been set forth by Washington and Hirsbrunner to do a “summary judgment” instead of a full trial—where instead of a formalized, public trial, the justices instead take the evidence given on the appeal.
That motion was accepted, and the court then went into private deliberations roughly twenty minutes after the court convened.
Some hours later, Chief Justice Forrester sent the parties involved an email containing the Court’s preliminary decision.
It is currently unclear how the Election Commission did not act within their codes; a full Press Release from Student Government Assembly’s Student Court regarding the decision will be out by May 4th. The Met Report will continue to keep you informed on all the latest updates.
We thought the results were in for Metro’s Student Government Assembly’s (SGA) 2012-2013 President and Vice President when Jeffery Washington and Scott Hirsbrunner received 582 votes, over 100 more votes than runners-up Laura Noe and Anthony Sylvester.
However, these results are preliminary and the election commission is still undergoing the process of verifying them. Washington and Hirsbrunner have allegedly violated several parts of the Elections Code and investigations and hearings with Student Court are set to start this Wednesday.
Furthermore, there were other issues that invalidated some results of SGA elections.
SGA’s new constitution cannot go into effect as the wrong constitution was posted on SGA’s website for the first two days of the election.
The Election Commission of SGA has until May 31st, the day before the President and Vice President take office, to officially announce a victor. The Met Report will continue to keep you updated on the latest.
Article By: Nina Dadabhoy