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(6,907 posts)
Wed Aug 28, 2013, 09:54 PM Aug 2013

Sorority offered free drinks to members to vote in Tuscaloosa City Board of Education race

The email, sent to sorority members residing in District 4 from a ranking member of the chapter's executive board, encourages members to vote for Cason Kirby and Lee Garrison in exchange for incentives including free drinks at two local bars and limousine transportation to the polls.

Kirby challenged incumbent Kelly Horwitz for the District 4 seat and Garrison ran for board chair against Denise Hills. Both were elected by slim margins in Tuesday's election, though neither Horwitz nor Hills conceded the race by the end of the day.

"They would really appreciate/need your vote to win this election. It's going to be really tight, and it is SO IMPORTANT that they get the Greek Vote. I told both of them that I would do my best to make sure that I got every Chi O that was registered to the polls. There is a big incentive for you going as well!!"
Students have been more vocally involved in this year's school board campaign than in years past, with the College Democrats canvassing on behalf of Kelly Horwitz and several sororities and fraternities displaying Cason Kirby placards in their front lawns.

Read more here:


The husband of one of the candidates is a UA law professor - this story from the Tuscaloosa News has the full text of his e-mail to the Faculty Senate concerning this:
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Sorority offered free drinks to members to vote in Tuscaloosa City Board of Education race (Original Post) d_r Aug 2013 OP
That is so illegal BlueToTheBone Aug 2013 #1
A local news report d_r Aug 2013 #2
When Washington ran for the House of Burgesses in 1758 pscot Aug 2013 #3
Here's another local story with background d_r Aug 2013 #4
So the case of Old Styles I got from the Ward Boss for voting for Rahm was illegal? alcibiades_mystery Aug 2013 #5
right wingers excuse this behavior sigmasix Aug 2013 #6


(6,907 posts)
2. A local news report
Wed Aug 28, 2013, 10:03 PM
Aug 2013

On Friday, TV station WVUA reported that 10 unrelated people are registered to vote in a single family home in District 4.

WVUA reports that a resident in the home said his "fraternity pledge brothers" are using the house as a residence to vote, but don't actually live inside the home.


(21,025 posts)
3. When Washington ran for the House of Burgesses in 1758
Wed Aug 28, 2013, 10:09 PM
Aug 2013

He put up 28 gallons of rum and 50 of rum punch 46 gallons of beer and 34 gallons of wine. He worried he hadn't spent enough on booze, but he won easily.



(6,907 posts)
4. Here's another local story with background
Wed Aug 28, 2013, 10:12 PM
Aug 2013

folks - this is their plan, this is what they are doing, taking over local school boards.


PAC money, student voter fraud allegations lead up to contentious school board elections

Campaign finances and PAC funding have been at the tip of everyone's tongues for the duration of the race, as this election's campaign coffers are as large as triple the size seen in previous years.

Challenging candidates have received upwards of $160,000 in campaign donations, largely from PACs funded and chaired by local businesses and business interests, according to campaign finance records.

Educate Tuscaloosa PAC – which contributed as much as $15,000 per non-incumbent candidate – also funded post cards mailed to local households recently that state the current board has "failed to meet its responsibility."

Echols also chairs other PACs, including T Town PAC II, which recently contributed $63,000 to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's re-election campaign – of which Echols is also treasurer -- in addition to Garrison's school board campaign.


(794 posts)
6. right wingers excuse this behavior
Wed Aug 28, 2013, 11:38 PM
Aug 2013

right wingers excuse this behavior by always repeating the same chicago mantra. Anything to steal the reigns of government from it's rightful, fairly elected operatives.

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