Appeals Hearings Granted For Four Spring Election Candidates

Four candidates in the 2007 Spring Elections have been granted appeals hearings by the Student Supreme Court.

Junior Attendant Candidates Bianca Fletcher and Chante Sessomes, Junior Senator Candidate Charles Manchion and Mr. FAMU Candidate John Williams will have their appeals heard by the Supreme Court Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m..

According to statute 604 section C-1 of the FAMU Student Body Constitution, for candidates appealing an Electoral Commission decision: “The Supreme Court shall determine whether the Election Commission’s decision was incorrect, procedurally or substantively. It may uphold, overturn, or change the Electoral Commission’s decision.”

At the Feb. 28 Student Senate meeting, Sessomes said she was told by some students who tried to vote for her that her name was omitted on several ballots.

Fletcher, a 19-year-old public relations student from Kansas City, Ks., said she appealed because the votes were inconsistent. “The numbers just don’t add up,” Fletcher said. “I think the whole election is faulty.”

Williams appealed the election after he was told he would be in a runoff for the Mr. FAMU race, but was then taken out of the runoff the next day.

Manchion also chose to appeal the election after many sophomores told the senate they were unsure about how to vote for Manchion, a write-in candidate, because there were no instructions on what to do. Other students said they received instruction sheets in their folders instructing them on how to vote for a write-in candidate.

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