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SA Election-gate: VP candidate allegedly violates election rules and regulations

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By Lauren Mineau
News Editor
theaspnews@gmail.com
March 13, 2013
 
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Anonymously submitted photo 
This photo supplied by anonymous tipster allegedly shows Nick Butler, Vice Presidential Candidate 
and current Director of Legislative Affairs using an SA computer to edit his speech a few moments before the debates on Friday.

 

Student Association elections are coming up this week and reportedly not all the candidates have followed the rules.

Nick Butler, Vice Presidential Candidate and current Director of Legislative Affairs was alleg­edly seen using an SA computer to access email and print debate notes just a few moments before the debates on Wednesday eve­ning.

According to the SA election rules and regulations “No SA funds or equipment can be used for campaign purposes (photo­copying fliers, making phone calls, emails (including listservs, computers, etc.) and no cam­paigning while at work at the SA office.”

An anonymous tip containing photo, video and text evidence of Butler using his office com­puter was sent to the ASP. The evidence showed Butler using an SA office computer to print his debate notes moments before the election debates. The photos show Butler’s speech being accessed at 6:21 p.m. on March 6, and an addi­tional screenshot showed the file still being accessed at 6:47 p.m. The video footage confirms Butler’s email was being ac­cessed on the computer and he left the files up and was not at his desk during the time the photos were taken.

The tip was also sent to mem­bers of the elections commis­sion including Josh Ringel who stated in an email “This appears to be a serious issue that we will thoroughly investigate,” but also stating that due to the anonymity of the complaint the evidence is weakened. SA does plan to investigate the charges though it is not clear when. SA elections will be held March 11 through 13.

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