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Tuesday, March 15, 2005
***Breaking: Bears United Party (Not Candidates) Not Allowed in the Election***
According to election chair Angel Brewer, "there is no Bears United Party." Bears-United did not turn in the proper forms early enough, and after the point of no return (when all information submitted is final) they were notified that candidates would remain on the ballot as Independents, but would not appear under the Bears United party label. This raises a number of questions:
1) Will members of BU sue to be re-instated on the ballot (my guess is almost certainly yes), and what will the Judicial Council rule on the case?
2) If there was any previous campaigns violations committed by BU (not that I'm saying there were), will they affect any other members of the party besides the person who broke the rules, now that the party does not formally exist?
3) Will the BU candidates continue to run as a slate, but some weird hybrid independent slate?
4) Will they continue to use the BU name (and are they allowed to?)?
The relevant statue by the way is title IV, article 6, section 6.9, which reads under point three: "If a party has not filed with the Elections Council by the Point of No Return in the Candidates' Meeting, then all candidates for that party shall be reclassified as Independents."
I will be contacting the attorny general, the elections council, BU, and others to get more information on this, but for now BU as a party no longer officially exists. Developing... (sorry, we've been doing that a lot lately)Email This Post!
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