Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Voter Fraud

From the Orange County Register: Two students who were declared the winners of Troy High School's top student political offices in April will not assume their posts this fall, after one of the candidates broke into a school database and discovered the election was rigged by the school's ASB faculty adviser.Jenny Redmond, a Troy special-education teacher, has resigned as ASB adviser. Troy senior Jacob Bigham, who revealed that the candidates named ASB president and ASB vice president weren't the top vote-getters, received a five-day suspension and was stripped of his ASB office, he said. 
The actual winner of the Associated Student Body presidency, senior Ryan Daliwal, will assume Troy's top student post when school begins Aug. 27. Bigham, who ran for and won the ASB vice presidency, will not be allowed to take office; second-place finisher Taylor Kang will be ASB vice president for 2012-13.
"No one is empowered to change what the students vote," George Giokaris, superintendent for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, said in an interview. "There's no question it's unacceptable and that message was conveyed. She overstepped her authority."
But Troy students remain outraged by the school's handling of the matter, noting that while Bigham received a five-day suspension immediately after coming forward with allegations of ASB election fraud on April 23, Redmond continued teaching the ASB leadership class for the remainder of the school year.
"The implications of what I did vs. what she did are not on par with each other," said Bigham, 17, of Buena Park, who was stripped of his post as ASB secretary after exposing the scandal. "I feel changing the results of an election has far more gravity than finding out by whatever means that someone did that."
What sucks is the student who discovered the rigged election is suspended for 5 days and the teacher who fixed the election got got nothing in terms of punishment.

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