The tie in the Associated Students elections has changed after a recount was held on April 17, resulting in a score of 805-811, making Adam Haverstock and Alex Shahin the winners.
However, Haverstock and Shahin had to file a judicial complaint after the six votes in favor of Miguel Segura, candidate for the E3 slate, and another nine votes, were deemed as “questionable” or “controversial,” said Mazen Hafez, the elections committee director.
The recount votes will not be counted until a decision from the judicial committee is known Friday evening, said Hafez.
If the judicial committee decides to count the controversial votes, the run-off elections that will occur today and tomorrow will not count. Haverstock will need the majority of the votes, or 813, to win, said Hafez.
The recount took place after Haverstock, Pedro Trujillo, Jessper Maquindang and Montana Pham requested it, said Hafez. It only takes one candidate to ask for a recount and the elections committee has to comply, he added.
Hafez, Elections Committee Adviser Tamar Aranoff, and a graduate student conducted the recount, said Hafez. The second count differed from the first election count, which was conducted by six groups of three people each.
The controversial votes were thrown away because the committee could not tell if people were voting for Haverstock or Segura, said Hafez. Another reason was because students wrote the presidential or vice presidential candidates’ names in the write-in portion, which would be seen as a separate write-in candidate and not those already in the ballots.
Nicole Umali, vice president candidate for E3, stayed for the entire recount from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., said Hafez, while members of the Student First slates rotated between five members throughout the recount.
“I understand why a recount was called, yet students have the right to a run-off election,” said Umali.
“I don’t think it’s the role of [the judicial] committee to decide students voices,” she said.
Umali said that certain thrown out ballots should be appealed, but she has not yet decided to file a complaint with the judicial committee.
The decision for a run-off election is not due to the tie, but because a majority vote needs to be reached, said David Crandall, A.S. general manager.
It’s hard to decide where to draw the lines with the election rules, said Crandall, about the controversial ballots. The committee has to choose a rule and when it’s in between, they decide not to count it.
“How far should an election code go to say it’s a violation and the ballot is voided?” Crandall asked rhetorically. The election committee hopes for it to a blowout, that way none of this takes place, said Crandall.
“I hope students come and vote in the same numbers as the previous election,” said Crandall.
The run-off elections will be held both today and tomorrow to give a chance to all students to vote, said Hafez.
Haverstock’s proposal to reschedule the run-off elections to April 29 and 30 was voted down on Thursday at the senate meeting, which was held before the elections committee started recounting the votes.
“It’s unfortunate the two meetings were scheduled at the same time,” said Crandall.