Judicial Ruling Minutes April 9, 2019
Meeting convened at 9:01 pm.
People in Attendance: Cheif Justice Mackinley Gwinner, Justice Jocelyn Waggoner, Justice Cati Carmody, Justice Thomas Loving, Justice Sam Hatfield, Justice Casey Wolfe, Justice Isabelle Ivankovich, Presidential Candidate Courtney Stutheit, and Vice Presidential Candidate Justin Johnson.
Reading of the Elections Complaints -
I got a personal text this morning from Justin asking me to vote for them. I did not sign up to receive texts about his election campaign, and I did not ask for them. The only reason he had my number was from taking a class together previously.I believe this to be in violation of the balloting rules.
This morning I woke up to a text from Courtney Stutheit telling me to vote for her campaign, as well as endorsing a fellow student running for Senate. I felt very uncomfortable with this interaction, I have never given her or her campaign my number, or permission to contact me. She was an RA in my residence hall freshman year but we only interacted twice. I don't know her well enough for this to be a normal, comfortable interaction.
I received a mass text from Courtney Stutheit. I didn't opt in to receive the text or have any way to remove myself from the list. I'm not in any clubs or classes with her and don't know how she would have found my number. In addition, the text (attached) included the link to vote. I don't want to receive more messages like this in the future unless I sign up for them.
Courtney Stutheit and Justin Johnson:
Summaries of points made -
- The phone numbers texted were gathered the same way as the emails were gathered. (With public information on the MSU website found under montana.edu/search)
- There is no regulation of the information on the website, all students have access to the information.
- All requests to opt-out from campaign correspondence were honored, despite there not being an opt-out message within the text messages.
- Johnson challenged students who believe their requests were not honored.
- Johnson asked for clarification on what the word advised meant in the 2019-SC-003 ruling, and based on the definition they were given, they did not see a reason to follow the Supreme Court’s advice or stop sending those emails.
- They have included a p.s. with instructions on how to opt-out in future emails.
Motion to table executive session. No discussion.
Questions for Courtney Stutheit and Justin Johnson -
- How did the mail merge work?
- They created lots of Gmail accounts. (close to 300)
- They then download mail-merge apps and used all free services to execute the emails.
The Supreme Court does not find adequate means to issue a ruling.
Meeting adjourned at 10:25 pm.