Board invalidates WSUV student body election results

Decision follows complaint by losing candidate; new election scheduled

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter

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The student body election at Washington State University Vancouver was invalidated Tuesday by the Judicial Board of the Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver.

The ticket of Shavenor Winters for president and Pauline Ramos for vice president won the March 5-7 election with 46 percent of the vote.

Winters and Ramos had received permission from the school's elections board to set up a table and a computer that could be used for student voting in the school's free-speech zone.

After the election, another presidential candidate, Michael Gay, filed a complaint stating that Winters and Ramos had broken election rules by placing campaign materials near a polling booth. The judicial board ruled that Winters and Ramos violated ASWSUV bylaws by placing campaign posters on a table where students could vote.

"As the (campus') first all-female, all-minority ticket, it's disheartening," Winters said. "Students had their voices disregarded."

More than 700 students voted in the election. The campus has 2,357 full-time students.

A special election has been set for March 26-28, said Nancy Youlden, WSUV vice chancellor for student affairs. Winters and Ramos will run in the election.

Susan Parrish: 360-735-4515; http://twitter.com/Col_Schools;susan.parrish@columbian.com.