A Lukewarm Ending
After all the controversy of last week, things have settled down in Amherst’s political scene. After a public hearing last Thursday night (which, to many students’ disappointment, was not a throwdown, but instead a mere re-reading of the statements we all saw in the Amherst Student a few days before), some decisions were made, and an email was sent out to the student body with the Judiciary Council’s ruling:
To: George Tepe, Judiciary Council Chair
I would like to file a formal election complaint with the JC. At 9:05pm on 4.5.12 I received a
phone call from a student who alleged that someone was illicitly accessing elections results in
real-time, and then sharing them with an E-board candidate. Upon examining the permissions
list, I discovered that an unauthorized student was indeed capable of retrieving elections results
and promptly removed them from the list.
These charges & circumstances put the integrity of the 4.5.12 E-board elections into question.
I ask that the JC mount an investigation into the possibility of illicit access to elections results
and/or the sharing of these results with candidates.
Ian Hatch — Elections Committee Chair
A unanimous majority of the JC agreed on the validity of the complaint Sunday, April 8,
2012 within 48 hours of when the complaint was filed.
A hearing was held on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Testimony was heard from: each
E-board candidate on the April 5, 2012 E-board elections ballot with the exception of Alex
Stein ‘13, Diwa Cody ‘14, and Alex Southmayd ‘15. A statement was read on behalf of Josh
Mayer ‘13. In addition, Ian Hatch ‘14 and Alex Hurst ‘12 testified. Alex Stein’s resignation and
statement to the AAS was taken into consideration. Alex Southmayd’s statement was taken into
After examining the elections results, the JC voted unanimously to allow the results of
the Executive Board elections for the positions of Secretary, Judiciary Council Chair, and Vice
President to stand. Although there were various testimonies concerning the extent to which
information regarding live election results was spread, the committee found no conclusive
evidence that the information leaked by Ms. Cody affected any of these elections in letter or in
The JC voted unanimously to nullify the results of both the Presidential and Treasurer
elections on the grounds that candidates in either race had access to live election results during
the course of the elections. This vote was supported by the testimony of Mr. Hatch, Mr. Hurst,
and Mr. Tepe. While no constitutional rule was broken in attaining or sharing the election data,
the JC believes that the possession of such data and the possibility of its illicit use throughout the
day, compromised the spirit of the election.
Furthermore, the JC voted 3-1 (Landman dissenting) to forgo any sort of punitive action
towards any of the elections’ candidates. The affirming members found insufficient evidence to
attribute the behavior of the election data to any illicit behavior on the part of any candidate.
Therefore the JC found insufficient evidence to warrant any sort of sanctions. Mr. Landman’s
dissent stemmed from his belief that the evidence presented was conclusive enough to
demonstrate that the parties involved obtained and shared illicit information. He believed that
although the information might not have affected any elections results, the receiving and sharing
of the information instead of reporting it was wrong. Mr. Landman felt that strong disciplinary
action was necessary in order to prevent future transgressions.
In light of these decisions, the JC calls for the Elections Committee to hold new
Presidential and Treasurer elections; to hold the necessary Executive Board run-off elections;
and to postpone the Senate and Judiciary Council member elections according to the following
- Petitions for candidacy in either the Presidential or Treasurer elections will be due to
the Elections Committee chair, Ian Hatch ‘14 by Monday, April 16, 2012.
- A speech night, if requested by a member of the student body, will be scheduled for
Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
- The elections for President, Treasurer, and the runoff elections for Judiciary Council
Chair and Vice President will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. These elections will
follow standard election procedures.
- If necessary, the runoff elections for President and Treasurer, will take place Saturday,
April 21, 2012. These elections will follow standard election procedures.
- A speech night, if requested by a member of the student body, for Senate and Judiciary
Council member elections will be scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2012.
- The elections for Senate and Judiciary Council positions will take place on Thursday,
April 26, 2012. These elections will follow standard election procedures.
The above accelerated schedule and decision contained herein is permissible under the
powers granted to the Judiciary Council under Article VII, Section 5, Part 3.
No one suspended, no one impeached, all the excitement is pretty much over. Campus has gone back to normal, and these boys took advantage of the less-than-charged atmosphere:
Yup, that’s right. It’s a pool in a truck bed. Only in the ‘Cac.