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TUCSON, Ariz. -- An election controversy is brewing at the U of A.
Students went to the polls Wednesday to vote for a new student government president.
But as students head out for Spring Break, still no winner. That election remains up in the air.
When students headed to class Thursday, they expected to know who the next ASUA president would be.
"I was very surprised at the turn of events and a little disappointed," said ASUA President Emily Fritze.
But as of Thursday night current ASUA President Emily Fritze and the rest of the campus are still waiting.
The two men vying for her job, James Allen, and Safeway shooting hero David Hernandez were disqualified.
"We've never had two presidential candidates be disqualified," said Elections Commissioner Michael Colletti.
The decision comes after multiple claims of violations of the ASUA election code.
"We started to notice something was up when all of our complaint forms disappeared from the office," said Fritze.
"We just get a firestorm of complaints coming in left and right," said Colletti.
After checking into student complaints, elections commissioner Michael Colletti found both candidates had at least 10 violations each.
He had no choice but to let the candidates know, they were out.
"They went through the range of emotions from being in shock to being angry," said Colletti.
The university won't say what the violations were, but the elections code states it could be things like campaigning to close to polling stations or even sending unsolicited messages.
"Once they finally calmed down they asked what their options were and what they could do to rectify their situation," said Colletti.
But there's not much they can do, but wait, and hope an appeal works.
The decision now in the hands of U of A's supreme court.
If they uphold the election commissions decision, a special election will be held after Spring Break.
If an appeal works, James Allen would become ASUA's new president. Wednesday night he garnered 67% of the vote.