Rosoff found guilty by elections committee
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 02:03
The Associated Students of Oregon State University elections committee found Nick Rosoff guilty of all violations he had been charged with last night.
Rosoff was found to have committed one major and five minor violations of election rules.
Last week, the committee heard two complaints from Taylor Sarman, congressional clerk, and Jacob Vandever, Speaker of the House, who claimed Rosoff had begun campaigning before the first day candidates are allowed to campaign.
Rosoff denied all allegations and left the meeting before the committee finished deliberating.
The committee found Rosoff had organized a series of meetings where he talked about opportunities in ASOSU next year and seemed to be promising jobs to people who signed up to work on his campaign. Rosoff also printed and distributed flyers at these meetings.
Rosoff claimed he was just informing students about the election process and telling them about jobs that will soon become available to students.
“Most students don’t know about ASOSU and I was trying to inform them about it,” Rosoff said during the hearing.
The committee asked him if the meetings and fliers amounted to a campaign for president.
“If these materials came out during campaign season, it would have been considered to have been part of the campaign,” said Madison Parker, a committee member.
Rosoff will not be allowed to begin campaigning before April 6 at 7 a.m., and will not be allowed to distribute any items before that date. All campaign materials, such as posters and Facebook pages will also need to be preapproved by the election committee. The rest of the candidates are allowed to begin campaigning on April 1.
Next week, there will be two informational meetings for those wishing to run for office, March 5 at 10 a.m. and March 7 at 1:30 p.m. in MU206. Candidates must attend one of the information meetings in order to run for office.
Don Iler, editor-in-chief
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