The Mai & Brianna ticket is one of two competing for the presidency of the 2018 Undergraduate Student Government. The alleged misconduct was brought into focus by the competing ticket, the Debbie Lee & Blake Ackerman campaign, according to an Annenberg Media reporter who spoke with Lee.
The Mai & Brianna ticket was accused of violating the Election Code's policies by doing unspecified work for the ticket prior to official campaign announcements on Jan. 25, 2018.
The Elections Commission said in a statement: "The petitioners could not prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the respondents had violated Elections Code…Therefore, the Mai & Brianna ticket bears no accountability for the evidence presented during this hearing."
In last year’s USG presidential elections, a similar issue was brought to light. Current USG President Austin Dunn and Vice President Morgan Monahan were sanctioned last year for beginning their social media campaign before the allowed start. In an email to Annenberg Media, Dunn stated his belief in the system’s effectiveness.
Voting in the 2018 USG elections will begin on Feb. 13 and close on Feb. 16.
Earlier versions of this story stated that the USG elections will begin on Feb. 6 and close on Feb. 16. The elections begins on February 13 and close on February 16.