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Benbow-Thompson campaign escapes election violations on procedural error

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Presidential candidate Corey Benbow and vice presidential candidate Tucker Thompson
Presidential candidate Corey Benbow and vice presidential candidate Tucker Thompson
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The Student Government Election Board decided Feb. 1 it could not rule on possible Benbow-Thompson campaign violations due to procedural errors by the Election Board.

Presidential Candidate Corey Benbow and Vice Presidential Candidate Tucker Thompson allegedly violated the election code by prematurely publishing Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for their campaign before the campaign season started. Gonzales-Castillo campaign manager Spencer Lewis filed the claim Jan. 28. The decision was postponed from its original Thursday night date until its Friday announcement on the Student Government website.

Presidential and vice presidential candidates from the Benbow-Thompson, Gonzales-Castillo and Plunkett-Torpey campaigns awaited the hearing in LBJ Student Center. The type of procedural error was not released Thursday.

Election Board Chairman Joshua Clarke stated in the Feb. 1 opinion that due to procedural errors made by the Election Board that denied the Benbow-Thompson Executive Alliance due process under the Student Government Constitution “the Election Board cannot and will not, in good conscience, find them guilty of 10 Class A violations of early campaigning.”

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