Student Court alleges special election ‘unconstitutional’

This follows the removal of the president-elect and vice president-elect for violating campaign rules.

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Student Court alleges special election ‘unconstitutional’

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Kerri Covington and Benjamin Paley

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A meeting to plan a special Student Government election didn’t happen Monday as some members believe the election violates the SG constitution.

This follows President-elect Jacqueline LaBayne and Vice President-elect Kyle MacDonald’s disqualification for campaigning 10 days too early, a violation of SG statutes. In response, Student Affairs Vice President Corey King announced Friday a special election would be held in the coming weeks.

And while Student Activities and Involvement Director Donald Van Pelt said the Elections Board would meet Monday to decide how that election will take place, the Student Court met instead.

Chief Justice Isaiah Moriarity delayed the decision by 72 hours, alleging the election is unconstitutional.

He maintains a special election can only be held if “due process was violated.” And Moriarity said that isn’t the case.

Due process is the fair treatment of citizens under the law in a legal proceeding.

After the court disqualified LaBayne and MacDonald, the two appealed to Student Affairs VP King.

Moriarity claims that King’s decision to deny LaBayne and MacDonald’s appeal followed due process.

The Student Court will discuss and reach a final decision regarding the special election Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the SG Conference Room.

Kerri Covington is the editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet her @kerri_marie23.

Benjamin Paley is the distribution manager of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].