Election results announcement postponed following appeal to Election Committee decision
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Student body vice president junior Patrick McGuire announced in a press release Tuesday night that the student senate will hear an appeal to an “Election Committee decision” in the ongoing race for student body president and vice president. The results of the election were not announced Wednesday at midnight as originally scheduled.
The new date and time of election results are yet to be determined.
“I determined with [junior] Halena Hadi, Judicial Council President, and Karen Kennedy, Student Senate’s advisor, that this appeal (in accordance with Section 3.6(b) of the Constitution) had merit, presenting new evidence and potential procedural defects in the Election Committee’s decision,” McGuire said in the release.
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the Judicial Council sanctioned the Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket for two violations related to unethical behavior.
The student body constitution sets the precedent for the delayed release of the results scheduled for midnight, Hadi said in an email to campus media.
“This is pursuant to Section 17.1(n)(5) of the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body of the University of Notre Dame du Lac, which reads as follows: ‘No election result may be released to the public while any allegation or appeal is pending,’” Hadi said in the email.
The run-off debate and run-off election will also be postponed indefinitely, she added.
The senate has 48 hours to hear the appeal. It will consider the appeal Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The senate’s regularly scheduled business has been cleared so that senators can hear the appeal.
Senators have to vote by a three-fourths majority to encourage the Election Committee to reconsider its decision. If it does so, the committee must reconsider its initial decision within 24 hours.
The meeting Wednesday is closed to the public and the media. Much of the second floor of LaFortune Student Center will be “off-limits” to guarantee confidentiality.