While Beth Connors has already begun planning her cabinet for next year, Anna Bonesteel has put the finishing touches on her lawsuit against the Internal Affairs (IA) department over the possible disenfranchisement of absent CGI students in today’s runoff election. The complaint cites conduct violating Article V, Section One, Item Two of the CGI Constitution, “The right of every student in CGI to vote in any relevant situation shall not be violated under any circumstances” as evidence to her claim as the possible winner in the “closest election in CGI history.”
Bonesteel filed a complaint earlier this evening with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Nora Ellmann, alleging that “representatives from the Elections Committee failed to collect ballots from CGI members who weren’t present in their Department at the time of voting, violating their Article V rights. Because the run-off presidential election was one of the closest in CGI history, this is an incredible chance to set precedent regarding absentee ballot procedure so that the voting rights of CGI students may not be abridged in the future.” The court has agreed to hear the case and it will be tried this week. Their decision will determine the outcome that Bonesteel is now seeking which is “a re-vote that gives absentees the ability to cast a ballot for the candidate of their preference.”
While no member of Internal Affairs would confirm the final vote, it has been reported to be 93-91 in favor of Beth Connors. The Chair of IA, Eve Feldberg, told The Bull that “according to Mr. Manos, the vote tallies in the archives aren’t ‘public record’ right now.” Several members of IA confirmed that they were instructed by faculty not to disclose the vote count. According to Chair, Andrea Schneider, IA “did not look into the absences” today, however records exist of the number of students who did not vote.
In this case, one vote could have changed the outcome of this close race between two candidates with very different platforms. This vote further evidences a clear divide in the electorate over differences in the direction that the Institute has taken this year and visions for next year.
Both Beth Connors and her running mate, Henry Solotaroff-Webber, declined comment.