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MUSG General Election Violation and Final Election Postponed

MILWAUKEE (March 25, 2013) – Marquette University Student Government is postponing the spring general election following an alleged election rule violation during the President and Executive Vice President primary.

The report of the possible election rule violation was submitted to Elections Coordinator David Kuester on Saturday, March 23. The MUSG Constitution states that any full-time undergraduate student may submit a report of an alleged violation within 24 hours of gaining reasonable knowledge that the violation has occurred.

As required by the Constitution, these allegations require a formal hearing by the MUSG Elections Committee consisting of members outside student government. Pending the committee’s finding, a reduction in the percentage of the total votes received in the primary may affect the President and Executive Vice President candidates advancing to the general election.

The affected parties have been notified of the alleged violation and investigation. The Elections Committee has determined the date and location of the private hearing to convene before Easter Break. The hearing is held with the Elections Committee, the alleged violator and the student who filed the violation. MUSG will send an update after the hearing and the committee has reached a verdict.

According to MUSG Election Coordinator David Kuester, "our commitment is to ensure that the election process is administered in a fair, consistent manner, regardless of the timing of the election."

Due to the nature of the situation, the general election will be postponed until after Marquette’s Easter Break. The official date of the final election will now be Wednesday, April 3 for all MUSG positions, Marquette University Residence Hall Association (RHA) positions, and the Senior Speaker position.

MUSG appreciates the patience of students and will continue to provide updates at musg.me.edu/vote as information becomes available.

For questions or additional concerns, contact MUSG by visiting the MUSG office, AMU 133, or email musg@marquette.edu. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow @MUSG on Twitter.