In wake of the controversy surrounding Tuscaloosa’s municipal, Paul Horwitz, a professor at The University of Alabama and husband of Board of Education candidate Kelly Horwitz, wrote an email to the UA Faculty Senate calling for action and reform on the University level.
Tuscaloosa community members and students flocked to the polls Tuesday in support for school board candidates. As election results were counted, incumbent Kelly Horwitz fell to her challenger and previous UA SGA president Cason Kirby by 72 points, and the chair of the Board of Education position went to Lee Garrison over Denise Hills by a margin of 203 votes.
District 4, an area largely comprised of UA students, became the center of focus, as reports emerged of potential voter fraud. Allegations from Tuesday’s elections include WVUA’s reports of 10 UA students registered to vote at the address of a single family home and reports from Al.com alleging sorority and fraternity members were incentivized with free alcohol at two local bars to vote for UA alumni Lee Garrison and previous SGA president Kirby, and with receiving UA Panhellenic Association and in-house points for voting.