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Clusterfuck: Accomplished.

An Excel spreadsheet distributed by an ASUO campaign may have serious consequences for students both involved and not involved with the election, the Commentator learned today.

Members of the Ben & Katie campaign (red shirts) have been sending out emails to UO listservs and text messages to individual students and faculty/staff starting as far back as Saturday. Some of these actions are against elections rules, but based on previous elections, will probably go un-prosecuted.

One of the emails that was received by the Deptcomp listserv (Computing Department) contained something much more concerning than just a “vote for me” pitch: an attached Excel spreadsheet with over 24,000 uoregon email addresses.

According to the Deptcomp listserv, a representative from Information Services is gathering information to lodge a formal complaint with the Office of Student Affairs or Student Life.

In my time at the University of Oregon, a candidate has never been kicked off the ballot — and not for lack of the Elections Board trying. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

On a side note, I hear Students United (purple shirts) is filing somewhere in the ballpark of nine grievances. And I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.

  1. jennifer says:

    Damn, I was hoping my passive aggressive “nice job, guys!” reply back was enough. Maybe I should have hit “reply all.”

  2. Steve Toyota says:

    I would suggest finding Ben and Katie and beating the ever-loving crap out of them, Jennifer.

    That’s what people do when they get annoyed.

  3. jennifer says:

    The Ben & Katie campaign sent me (and 994 others…) an e-mail today and failed to BCC. I thought that was pretty awesome. It doesn’t seem to be a violation of any of the rules that I’ve seen, nor does it seem to be as egregious as what the aforementioned listserv e-mail contained. It was annoying, however, and a bad start to yet another annoying elections season.

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