Despite a full day of voting, the Board of Elections was prohibited from announcing the unofficial results of the UCommons referendum Tuesday night.
The injunction to delay the release of the results was issued by the Student Supreme Court at the request of four students.
The students complained that Student Union officials violated multiple election laws under the Student Code while petitioning for the referendum that, if passed, would raise student fees by $8 per semester for 30 years to fund a renovation to the Union’s bottom floor.
The students filing the complaint said Student Body President Hogan Medlin and Andrew Phillips, the board’s chairman, failed in their duties to address alleged campaign violations.
“My main purpose for the injunction was to make sure the results don’t bias anything that happened,” said Congress member Adam Horowitz, one of the four plaintiffs in the complaint to delay results.
“I think it’s important that we show breaking the rules can’t be allowed here.”
Horowitz said his main reason for the complaint was that the placement of many advertisements for UCommons were in violation of the Code.
Despite complaints from students, Union officials said their actions did not constitute a breach of the Code.
“It’s based on your interpretation of Title VI of the Student Code,” said Tyler Mills, president of the Carolina Union Activities Board. “The Union was acting in its best interest. I don’t think that was a violation of campaign policy.”