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    ASG campaign strategy raises controversy

    Students who participated in voting yesterday for the Associated Students’ Government elections may not have realized that they were participating in a ground breaking election.

    Traditionally, students are encouraged to vote and computer labs on campus become official polling places. The ballot is located and submitted online.

    This year, executive ticket candidates David Fresquez and Allan Chacon along with Steven Titus, candidate for vice president of legislative affairs, developed a unique way to get their names out and draw students to the ballot.

    They read the rules in the election code, and noticed a loophole. All day yesterday and until polls close at 4 p.m. today they plan to be out with their personal laptops, asking students to vote.

    “Our goal is getting out and meeting students and getting the vote for the entire campus,” Fresquez said.

    The election code states, “There will be no campaigning or campaign materials allowed within 30 feet of the computer labs on the day(s) of election,” article 9 section 90.

    No place in the election code is any mention of “unofficial” polling places. Because of this, the election commission decided to allow Fresquez, Chacon and Titus to treat their personal computers as a type of mobile unofficial polling location.

    “I think the student body needs to know and be outraged about this,” Amanda Cristelli, presidential candidate, said. What they are doing, she said, is no different from McCain or Clinton or Obama handing you your ballot this November and following you to the polls.

    Cristelli and her running mate Nathan Pesch have filed an appeal, requesting that the election be called “no contest” which would result in a new election.

    The chair of the election commission, Samantha Milyard, is the first step in the appeals process and according to Cristelli their appeal was denied without explanation.

    Milyard acknowledges that the candidates came to the commission seeking permission late last week and that they are now operating with the knowledge and consent of the commission, but outside of their jurisdiction.

    Because no language in the election code specifically bars this behavior, the commission decided to let creativity reign rather than stifling ambition, Milyard said.

    Cristelli charges that their behavior amounts to coercion of voters. The election code is in place to protect the democratic process and she said that these elections are not being conducted in a fair and democratic matter.

    Milyard counters that the guys are operating out of the jurisdiction of the commission, but that any of the candidates are welcome to set up unofficial polling places. The other candidates were not informed of this prior to the election, because their actions are described by themselves and Milyard as being a campaign strategy.

    Titus states that they are not being officially accused of coercion and that no students seem to be bothered by their actions.

    “We are helping bring the vote to students,” Titus said.

    Candidates Victoria Watson and Angelina Perez said that they plan to continue conducting their campaign as they have been throughout the election process.

    Fresquez said that his goal is to get at least 800 students to vote in this year’s election.

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      RachelMar 21, 2008 at 12:56 pm

      When were the election codes written? Sounds like we need an update!

      There is a reason the United States doesn’t allow voting like this…humm…

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      AllieMar 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm

      i think that Allan Chacon and David Fresquez were really smart with doing the research and coming up with their own strategy to help the students voice their opinion. Ms. Cristelli seems to be back pedaling from the creativity. It seems she is more worried about the opponent when she really needs to be focusing on her own campaign. Is it really true that she started physically crying after her appeal was denied?

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      KatieMar 19, 2008 at 2:43 pm

      I agree with Allie and think Amanda and her crew need to quit complaining and start campaigning for themselves. What David and Allan are doing is completely legal and by no means “unethical.” They did their research and have engineered a great way to help get the student community involved. Amanda’s continuous complaints seem like a desperate attempt to control the race, which in itself is UNETHICAL! Again, QUIT COMPLAINING AND START COMPAIGNING!!!

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      Mitch JoyceMar 19, 2008 at 2:39 pm

      I think it is brilliant. I Would have never known to vote had the ambitious activity from the fresquez and chacon party had not done what they had done. Brilliant…

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      AllieMar 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm

      I think that Allan Chacon and David Fresquez were really creative in working with the rules and making it easier for the students to voice their opinion. Amanda seems to be back pedaling from the creativity. Perhaps she should be working on her own strategies instead of focusing on the opponent. I know who has my vote… and I’ll be really surprised if this comment stays up for more than an hour, considering who’s in power…

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      Austin ForakisMar 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm

      I am a strong believer that competition brings out the best in situations. Its good to finally see some competition for ASG instead of people being elected by default.

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      Corey CullenMar 19, 2008 at 11:05 am

      Fresquez and Chacon 08! Even if you don’t like them, vote for them because they aren’t whining.

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      udobong obotetteMar 19, 2008 at 10:08 am

      This shows the actions of true leaders.. instead of amanda worrying about how the elections are conducted, she should worry about getting students to vote.. Fresquez invites people to vote.. and thats a presidential action

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      Sam HenritzeMar 19, 2008 at 9:57 am

      Is this how they were office? Just half assing it, while other people are willing to go the extra mile and get the job done. Good luck Fresquez and Chacon… like they need it.

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      Christopher SmithMar 19, 2008 at 9:44 am

      Its clear that business students are beating political science students at their own game!!! Good luck Fresquez and Chacon

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