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Eliminated candidate files suit against elections board

The Board of Elections has been prevented from certifying the results of two races in Tuesday’s election.

The Student Supreme Court granted motions for an injunction from juniors Taylor Ann Holgate and Marc Seelinger, who lost bids for Student Congress in Tuesday’s election.

The motions, which name board chairman Pete Gillooly, argue that several aspects of the election procedure could have interfered with the validity of the results.

Both motions, filed Thursday, state that some students in their districts were unable to vote. Seeligner goes further in a complaint, stating that Gillooly neglected to address the problems effectively.

The Board of Elections’ continues to affirm the effectiveness of the vote.

But Holgate said she wanted to delay the certification of the results to allow the community a greater chance to evaluate the fairness of the election.

“This was not a legitimate election,” Holgate said. “There is no enforcement mechanism to make sure people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

The results were supposed to be certified by Saturday, and Gillooly said he had planned to certify them tonight.

“It seems like an, ‘I’m mad because I didn’t win,’ thing,” Gillooly said.

“I don’t see much validity behind these complaints.”

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