Board hears allegations over campaign poster use

The ASWSU Judicial Board heard on Friday an allegation that presidential candidate Zachary Anders filed last week against his opponent, alleging the Frost-Kalt campaign wrongfully placed campaign materials in a classroom.

Anders said Jordan Frost and Garrett Kalt violated a WSU bylaw that outlines where campaigning may be done and where campaigning materials may be placed in academic spaces.

“I had to look at their poster during an hour-and-a-half lecture,” Anders said a girl told him.

Anders said these posters could be seen in classrooms in Todd Hall, the CUE and Thompson Hall, among others.

The Anders-Amos campaign does admit other executive campaigns have placed election posters and given out stickers in classrooms before. They said they believe Judicial Board needs to resolve this issue.

“We do not want to be the one to be splitting hairs here, but [this situation] is to our detriment,” Anders said. “We know that we are operating with some spotty precedent here.”

Anders said the bylaw 610.04 states executive tickets cannot place written campaigning materials in classrooms or speak to classes. Frost disagreed and said the bylaw only prohibits executive tickets from speaking in classrooms.

Frost said because he placed the posters on the general use bulletin boards, his campaign materials being in the classrooms is not against the bylaws.

“You can post on the tack boards in the classrooms,” Frost said. “[We have received] no notifications, warnings or complaints from WSU staff.”

Anders said he believes this situation arises largely from a difference of opinion.

“One campaign thinks you can’t do anything in classrooms,” Anders said. “One campaign thinks you can within certain parameters. Everyone’s trying to see how far they can go down the 50-yard line.”

Anders said he is not worried this possible violation will have any serious effect on the election’s outcome.

“I am not going to lose an election because of a poster, not that this is what we are expecting,” Anders said.

Anders did suggest during the hearing that if he or his campaign had committed these potential violations, it would be a much bigger story.

Anders also hinted that he believes the Frost-Kalt campaign has committed other violations, including using unauthorized tables in the CUB and passing out stickers in classrooms. The Judicial Board made it clear the hearing was primarily about the bylaws that possibly prohibited the use of posters and stickers.

Anders said if the Judicial Board rules in favor of the Frost-Kalt campaign, he will begin distributing campaign materials throughout classrooms.

“Should this be the case, that we have some sort of adverse ruling, I would like to know as soon as possible,” Anders said, “cause I got 100 posters ready to go, and they’re going in these classrooms, you know, tomorrow.”

The Judicial Board expects to present its ruling Wednesday at the Senate meeting.