Early Thursday morning Student Court chief judge junior Ryan Sullivan issued an injunction on the run-off election. Voting locations will be CLOSED on Thursday until Sullivan issues a release of the injunction.
The injunction came after SA Sen. Brandon Sherr (CCAS-G) filed a complaint against the Joint Elections Committee- which oversees the elections- for allegedly violating an aspect of their charter which requires members to wear credentials during the election.
“The Joint Elections Committee has acted with questionable regard for the law in many instances during this election. It has exceeded its authority, disregarded the legislative intent of the Senate, and assumed unlawful discretion. Not until this complaint, however, has any action of the Committee amounted to such a blatant and deliberate violation of the law,” Sherr wrote in an e-mail early Thursday morning after Sullivan issued the injunction.
He continued: “…while it may not be the most important section of the Charter, the Joint Elections Committee cannot ever be allowed to ignore the law. To do so would be hypocritical to the function of the Joint Elections Committee. How can the Joint Elections Committee hold candidates accountable to the rules when it does not hold itself accountable to those same rules?”
Sullivan states in his e-mail that he will reopen the voting once he is assured that the JEC is operating in full compliance with the Charter.
Stay tuned to the Hatchet Blog for continuing details.