[UPDATED] Election likely to wrap up tomorrow

UPDATE: I’ve just learned from Chief Justice Mike Burdman that Collene O’Reilly appealed the election board’s decision from Monday night, too — so the court will have to hear those as well, and not just decide whether Elections Chair Fred Moldt deserves a slap on the wrist.

The election season that began in January may conclude by noon tomorrow, and that’s no April Fool’s joke.

Collene O’Reilly‘s ticket filed several contestations to the election last Friday — after the deadline for doing so, according to Ayden Maher and the findings of the Election Board.

The board met Monday night to decide whether the complaints were turned in on time, and decided: not so much. They sent out a memo about that posted here. The relevant part, decided by a 2-1 vote:

The contestation packet submitted by the United ticket does not meet the requirements of 318.200, thereby invalidating the contestations brought forth to the Elections Board.

318.200 just says that election disputes must be filed by 5 p.m. the Friday after results are posted. In other words, the accusations were too little, too late.

One complaint, however, still stands and holds up the formal announcement of the student body president-elect. It’s a complaint against the board itself, which claims the board accepted late the VP application from Evan Konecky, Maher’s running mate. I spoke with both on Monday.

Konecky said it was turned in late because he was attending a funeral service. Maher added that the complaint should be thrown out, because it relates to the initial election and not the run-off. If it were filed after the initial election, Maher says, their opponents would’ve had a better case.

Of course, the board can’t hear a case against itself, so the complaint is sent now to the student court, chaired by Chief Justice Mike Burdman.

Burdman sent out an e-mail this morning announcing the hearing tomorrow:

This Thursday, April 1st at 11:30 am, we will be holding a meeting of the student court in the senate work room on the Boca Raton Campus.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss an appeal of the decision of the election board made during the initial election of student body president and to decide if a hearing for the matter is in order.   This is an open meeting and members of both parties involved are allowed to attend.

I expect the meeting will be brief. Afterward, if O’Reilly does not appeal the decision to Student Affairs, the election is officially over.

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