“ASUAF received an email from a student who had received confirmation for participating in our Spring Elections last week, but the student never voted. We contacted the website that hosted the election and they had also received five more complaints from students receiving the same email when they did not vote,”
Sophia Grzeskowiak-Amezquita’s senate position was the only election result changed by discarding the fraudulent ballots. Grzeskowiak-Amezquita lost her senate seat because she lost 12 votes from the 14 that were thrown out. In 12 of the ballots thrown out, her name appeared, correctly spelled, as a write-in for the senate seat.
Grzeskowiak-Amezquita said in an email, “I was happy to have been considered for a senate position but would have declined due to my presidential responsibilities to the society of automotive engineers.”
About 450 students voted in the elections. Results will become official this Sunday when they are read in the Senate meeting.
“If anyone has any information [about who was involved in the voter fraud] that would be helpful,” said Freitag.
ASUAF uses the site VoteNet for their online elections. VoteNet followed the IP addresses and found three different IP addresses that had cast fraudulent ballots.
Extreme Alaska will add more to this story as information becomes available.
Read more on this story in the Sun Star.