Late-breaking drama in an otherwise uneventful election season: according to Elections Board Chair James Bogner, “a rules violation has been filed by The Party against the Clear Party. The complaint is regard to Facebook updates which allegedly occurred during moratorium. The Clear Party has submitted their response and the Elections Board is now in the process of adjudicating the complaint.”
Anonymous sources tell Bwog that, more specifically, the complaint concerns supporters of The Clear Party who updated their Facebook statuses with messages of support for The Clear Party after the beginning of the moratorium on campaigning at 9 p.m. on Monday. CCSC’s Election Rules state that “rules violations committed by supporters will be treated as if the candidates committed them” (there currently is no exception for Facebook statuses), and that any “substantive” rules violations committed during the moratorium period “will result in automatic disqualification from the election.” Bwog will keep you updated as the situation develops.
UPDATE (9:42 p.m.): The Clear Party sent Bwog this statement: “We think that The Party Party has shown its true interest by filing this complaint. Rather than focus on the issues and ideas that actually affect our class, they would rather focus on Facebook status updates. We tried to reach a compromise with them tonight over the alleged violation, but they were unwilling to budge, claiming that the updates altered the election in a fundamentally unfair way. Because of their unwillingness to compromise, we may be looking at a delay in election results.” The Party Party has not yet responded to requests for comment.
UPDATE (12:41 p.m., Wednesday): The Party Party appears to have dropped the complaint, as they have told Bwog that “although Clear Party engaged in moratorium campaigning, The Party decided last night to move beyond the rules violation.”