After losing her 2013 Tuscaloosa City School Board race, candidate Kelly Horowitz contested the election, alleging voter fraud by members of the University of Alabama greek system – including a ‘booze for votes’ scheme – skewed the results. Horowitz challenged the votes of over 300 UA students as “illegal based on lack of residency, bribery or misconduct, and ineligibility.”
The bribery charge stemmed from reports that “greek students were incentivized with free alcohol at two local bars, as well as UA Panhellenic and in-hours points, as a means of securing votes” for Horowitz’ opponent.
A lower court dismissed the case, contending “there were not enough potential illegal ballots to overturn the results.”
The Supreme Court disagreed, concluding that “though Horwitz was unable to prove the illegality of the votes on the basis of misconduct in the form of bribery, there were 159 ballots due to be rejected, 105 of them based on residency and 54 based on other factors of ineligibility.” The case now goes back to the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.
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