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Appeals denied

The ASUA Supreme Court has affirmed the decision by Elections Commissioner Michael Colletti to proceed with a special election to settle the student government’s disputed presidential race.

The Associated Students of the University of Arizona Supreme Court denied appeals by both presidential candidates after hearings on Thursday night. James Allen had appealed to have his disqualification rescinded, which would have made him the winner of the general election held a month ago.

Daniel Hernandez appealed first to ask the court to declare him the winner of the general election, since Allen remained disqualified, and second to bar Allen from competing in the special election due to the gravity of his violations.

In previous statements to the Daily Wildcat, Colletti has said a special election would take a few weeks to complete, meaning it would conclude near the end of April, should regular election timeline procedure be observed. Colletti released a tentative timeline that would allow those interested to pick up an elections packet on Tuesday, April 12, and have the election conclude on April 21, though the timeline is still awaiting final approval from the ASUA Senate.

The special election is considered a clean slate, as anyone is now eligible to seek the office of president. Neither Allen nor Hernandez are barred from running again, nor will they face any sanctions for their violations committed in the general election.

Tentative special election schedule:

April 12: Candidate packets available at 8 a.m.

April 15: Candidate packet due at noon

April 16: Campaigning begins for qualified candidates

April 21: Election from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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