Alabama students protest homecoming election process
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Maria Grenyo
Some University of Alabama students aren’t enthused about the outcome of the homecoming queen election, and they’re making sure the Student Government Association is well aware of what they say are major electoral process violations.
On Monday, a group of students claiming the SGA didn’t follow its own election rules for the homecoming queen race held a sit-in at the SGA office. As many as 50 students joined in on the protest.
Over the course of the election UA student paper The Crimson White reported several candidates did not submit proper financial disclosure forms, the candidate who won did not receive the necessary 50% plus one votes required to win the election without a runoff and that the election is invalid according to the SGA’s rules.
Homecoming queen winner MacLean Moore received 47% of the votes, but only 300 votes separated Moore from Montana Fouts. According to the SGA’s election rules, that outcome should have triggered a runoff election. Instead, Moore was crowned queen.
“We’re upset that there was collusion,” said SGA Sen. John Dodd. “We’re upset this was an invalid election and the SGA never addressed it.”
UA student Tyler Tannehill said plenty of students want their voices heard.
“There was a general consensus that students wanted to contest the election, not just through the formal process of sending the email to the right place addressing the concerns, but actually sitting in and occupying somewhere that is the heart of what goes on on this campus,” Tannehill said.
At the sit-in, students read the election manual in protest over this year’s homecoming election.
“I showed up with a bunch of printouts of the elections manual as part of the protest to give out to people, because the SGA apparently doesn’t read that,” Dodd said.
Tannehill said the SGA should hold a runoff between Moore and Fouts.
“I feel like a runoff should happen, and if the election board doesn’t admit that, it really speaks that they don’t really respect the will of the campus, the will of the people,” Tannehill said.
The SGA Senate is holding a meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the University of Alabama Student Center. Dodd said he encourages students to attend and express their election concerns.