As many of you are probably aware,an email was sent to over 6000 students and staff of Winston-Salem State University toting the Democratic slate and urging people to get out and vote. The message was recanted but the potential damage has already been done, particularly since WSSU has been designated as an early voting site.
Winston Salem State University has a formal complaint lodged against it for using OUR tax dollars to promote the Democrat Party this week. Let me repeat, they are using our tax dollars to advocate for 1 party only. So this is what we are up against and it is morally reprehensible and absolutely illegal. Someone should be held accountable for using university funded email servers to promote their political beliefs.
So what is our call to action? Each and every one of us needs to call the Chancellor’s office, Donald J. Reaves, and let him know that this is illegal and an investigation must take place and the person who is responsible must be dealt with legally to ensure that this type of activity is never allowed to occur again. This should NOT stand, after all this is OUR money they are using.
Below is a transcript of the emails and responses:
EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY!
Voting is convenient and critical.
To volunteer at the polls to distribute the official Democratic Party Candidate Listing, visit our website at www.forsythdemocrats.org <https://wmail.wssu.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.forsythdemocrats.org/> . We need you to make sure all candidates are fairly represented and supported!
Early Voting Hours for the Forsyth Count Government Center, 201 N. Chestnut St:
Thursday & Friday October 14 – 15………………8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday October 18 – 22………………8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday October 24…………………….1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday October 25 – 29………………8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday October 30..………………….10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Satellite locations for early voting will open on October 25 at Carver School Library, Kernersville Senior Center/Library, Lewisville Library, Polo Park Recreation Center, Rural Hall Library, Southside Library and WSSU Anderson Center.
Monday – Wednesday October 25 – 27………………10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday – Friday October 28 – 29………………10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday October 30..…………………..10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Also, we have two newly announced evens to promote. Please join us!
Democracy North Carolina 2010 Candidate’s Meet and Greet Forum
Sunday, October 17, 2010
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Main Public Library Auditorium
This event is an opportunity for you to speak directly with the candidates before you vote.
Souls to the Polls Freedom Sunday
Sunday, October 24, 2010
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Forsth County Government Center
Sunday, October 24th has been designated as “Souls to the Polls Freedom Sunday” and we are asking the faith community to go out in large numbers and vote early at the Board of Elections Office located at 201 N. Chestnut Street. Religious institutions have always been at the forefront of the freedom, civil rights and social justice movement, and voting – fair elections and equal representation remain civil rights issues today. Churches are encouraged to travel in groups and individuals are encouraged to join us on the last only Sunday of early voting. For more information, contact Linda Sutton at email@example.com
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WS Journal report:
WSSU e-mail called illegal
6,400 students, staffers urged to vote early and help Democratic Party
Some 6,400 staffers and students at Winston-Salem State University received e-mail exhortations Monday to take advantage of early voting and help the Democratic Party, setting off local Republicans.
After a complaint by Nathan Tabor, the chairman of the Forsyth County GOP, university officials acknowledged that the e-mail — sent from the student-affairs division — was improper.
The university cited a state law that prohibits the use of a state employee’s authority or state property to support or oppose a person or an issue in any election.
“We regret it,” said Nancy Young, the director of public relations at WSSU. “We sent out a retraction and said to disregard the earlier e-mail.”
That wasn’t the end of it, though. Yesterday, the university sent out what Tabor called an “equal time” e-mail inviting all the same recipients to work for Republicans during early voting.
That message was to be retracted by the university last night once it had been out six hours — the same amount of time the Democrat message was out before being retracted.
Tabor said he’s upset that he had to call the university and complain.
“That is a tax-funded school,” Tabor said, calling the original e-mail “highly illegal and unethical.”
The university said it would try to discover who sent out the e-mail and whether it was sent intentionally or accidentally in a partisan form.
Early voting started last Thursday in Forsyth County and runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 2.
About 2,200 people had voted in the county by mid-day yesterday since the start of early voting. Slightly more than half the voters were Democrats, with Republicans making up 36 percent and unaffiliated voters making up another 15 percent, a board of elections official said.
Journal reporter Paul Garber contributed to this story.
Republican Party Response:
Rob, good morning. Hope you are well. I would like to lodge a formal complaint against Winston-Salem State University for using tax dollars to promote the Democrat Party and then not disclosing this offense until I called the Chancellor’s office.
WSSU has proven themselves to not respect and uphold the law. This disqualifies them from being a suitable place for early voting. There is already major distrust with voters. Please remove another reason for the voters to distrust the system even more.
The email sent out by WSSU also promotes an event called Souls at the Polls. What is the connection between Linda Sutton and WSSU? There could be nothing, which I hope, and there could be more which would be unethical.
I respectfully ask that an emergency hearing be held and WSSU’s early voting be suspended for Election year 2010 and years to come. Using tax dollars to support a political party is illegal. Period.
Please let me know the boards thoughts asap. Thanks!
Forsyth County Republican Party