Elections Board fines Hendon campaign, retracts 25 votes

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Four violations were reported against Brock Hendon's SGA campaign, according to SGA's website.

The first violation alleged Hendon supporters "sought students at other campuses to show support for Brock, promoting the idea that other universities as a whole entity are supporting Brock," violating Section 708.4.2 of the SGA Code of Laws. 

"Campaigning shall be limited to the Auburn University campus, the City of Auburn, and designated websites," Section 708.4.2 reads. 

The Elections Board ruled unanimously that Hendon's campaign was not in violation of Section 708.4.2.

The second violation alleged the accuser saw a "screenshot of a GroupMe message where an individual said she was blackmailed into posting a snap story at another campus supporting Brock by a campaign staff member." Hendon's campaign was found not in violation of Section 708.4.2, but in violation of Section 708.4.7. 

Elections Board ruled unanimously to levy a $100 fine and order 10 hours of community service to be completed by March 9.

The third violation alleged Hendon was seen at a polling station table and that a campaign staff member was seen at a polling table wearing a campaign shirt, violating Sections 708.5.3.1 and 708.5.3.2. The board ruled unanimously that Hendon's campaign was not in violation of either section. 

The final violation alleged Hendon's campaign was in violation of Sections 709.4.3 and 709.8. 

"The public endorsement of any candidate or political party shall be limited to persons eligible to vote in Auburn University SGA elections," Section 709.8 reads. 

Elections Board ruled 6-1 that Brock Hendon’s campaign was in violation of Code of Laws section 709.8. Elections Board ruled unanimously to retract 25 votes from Brock Hendon.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated Section 709.8 reads "The Candidate will be held accountable for all declared and/or undeclared Campaign expenses in the Campaign Budget Form." This is from an outdated version of the SGA Code of Laws. The new version, updated last month, can be found here

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