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Thursday, October 06, 2022

The Student Senate election results were validated Friday afternoon at a hearing by the Election Commission.

The Students Party petitioned to have the results nullified on the basis that they are "a severe statistical anomaly," said Students Party member Jonathan Ossip.

Students Party members counted nine rules broken by elections staff and Supervisor of Elections Toni Megna. Ossip said the broken rules and the 535 students who voted under District E this year, up from only 65 last fall, are cause for an elections redo.

Students whose permanent home addresses (not their Gainesville addresses) were filed with the registrar would have been placed in District E.

Reitz Union Systems Administrator Steve Bourdon said 491 of those 535 District E voters cast their ballots before 1 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, Bourdon changed the location confirmation page - which students saw before they cast their ballots — to direct students to fill out affidavits with their addresses.

At the end of the hearing, Ossip announced the Students Party's intention to appeal the decision to the UF Supreme Court.

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