The ODE just reported through Twitter that Oregon Action Team executive ticket Michelle Haley and Ted Sebastian have been removed from the ballot by the elections board. Updates to follow.
Here’s the ODE blog post with the election board’s opinion. Apparently the election board has evidence that the OAT gave alcohol to minors in exchange for support. Gee, I sure am glad the Commentator didn’t endorse any exec candidates this year. Because that would just be embarrassing.
In the words of the great Roast Beef, “Jesus, [Oregon Action Team], we got the chessboard out but you playin’ whac-a-mole!”
UPDATE: The ODE blog post has been updated to read: “Michelle Haley and Ted Sebastian are off the ballot after the Elections Board ruled they had provided alcohol to minors volunteers.”
Intrigue. Shenanigans. Just another hour in this perennial circus known as the ASUO elections. And if you take this as some sort of endorsement of the other slate, forget about it. I wash my hands of all these clowns.
The full text of the decision:
ON THE GRIEVANCE FILED BY DAVID GRIFFIN AGAINST “OREGON ACTION TEAM” CAMPAIGN
[April 14, 2009]
DECISION OF THE HEARINGS COMMITTEE.
On April 13, 2009, David Griffin (hereinafter Petitioner) filed a grievance against the consolidated campaign of the “Oregon Action Team” (hereinafter Respondent) with the ASUO Elections Board in violation of the University of Oregon Conduct Code § 3.j.(B), Oregon State Law ORS 471.410(2), and the Election Rules 2.1 and 2.4. The Petitioner was informed from an anonymous source that the Members of the Respondent’s campaign were furnishing alcohol to minors in support for their candidates, which the Petitioner claims was bribery. The Petitioner requests that under the Election Rules 6.9, 7.2.d, 7.2.d(i) that the candidates be removed from the ballot.
Pursuant to Article 12 § 5 of the ASUO Constitution, the Elections Board “shall interpret the Election Rules on request and shall have the authority to hear complaints of violations.”
Pursuant to the ASUO Constitution Article 13 § 5 states that the Elections Board “shall have the authority to hear complaints of violations. The Elections Board shall have the authority to act as hearings officers and form a Hearings Committee that must include but is not limited to three Elections Board members.”
Due to the function of the Elections Board, the Board will only be addressing the Petitioners concerns regarding the Elections Rules. The Petitioner accuses the Respondent of violating Election Rule 2.1 and 2.4.
Based on credible evidence that has been provided to the Elections Board, the Board has found that the Respondent’s be held responsible for the actions that took place at the party in question, pursuant with Election Rule 6.1. Evidence provided has shown that the Presidential Candidate for the Respondent’s campaign was aware that said party was going to take place and that some members of the Respondent’s campaign would be putting stickers on items to be handed out at said party. This conflicts with statements made in the Oregon Daily Emerald (ODE) by Presidential Candidate for the Respondent’s campaign where she asserted that any alcohol with stickers affixed to the must have been provided by opposition candidates. It should also be noted that the Presidential Candidate of the Respondent’s campaign commented in the ODE that she had handed out stickers for free to students which is also a violation of rule 2.4
Due to the severity of these actions and taking into consideration that they are also in violation of Oregon law, the Board will be permanently and irrevocably removing the Executive Ticket of the Respondent’s campaign from the ASUO Elections ballot on April 15, 2009. The Board has chosen to remove just the Executive Ticket of the Respondent’s campaign, instead of the entire slate, on the stipulation that the names of other members of the Respondent’s Campaign and their constituency present at the party in question be given to the Elections Board by 5:00 p.m. On April 15, 2009. If these names are not provided, the Elections Board will remove all members of the Respondent’s campaign from the Ballot on April 16, 2009. If these names are provided by 5:00 p.m., only those who have been recognized as being involved in these violations will be removed, in addition to the Executive Candidates of the Respondent’s campaign
It is so ordered.