Student elections were rigged by a faculty advisor who was supposedly against conservative candidates.
In an email that broadcasted to all parents, the Principal, Mick Wagner indicated how the school’s voting system had been under the influence of someone, as the company that was handling the school elections confirmed that fraudulent votes were cast in the race to choose the class presidents if 2018 & 2019.
“An audit conducted by the electronic voting service has verified that no other election outcomes were affected by the voting irregularities, “the principal wrote.
“This is a very unfortunate and disappointing situation, and I regret the impact it has had on the students involved and the student body as a whole,” he added.
A parent of Vista Murrieta, Wade Sine told a local paper, on Monday, that he had played a part in trying to identify the underlying evidence confirming that the voting was rigged.
“Many of the votes, he said, were made at 10:30 p.m. or later, in 40-second increments, by someone who appeared to be going down a list alphabetically and voting for certain candidates.
He grew suspicious after he started hearing from people about irregularities after the results were posted, which seemed to undercount support for a member of a group of conservative male students who had run in previous school elections, he said,” Sine told the paper.
Although, the identity of the advisor had not yet been revealed to the public, Karen Parris, a spokesperson for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District refused to answer as to whether the advisor has been fired, she did mention that the advisor has been asked to step down from their position.
“Obviously, it was a serious lapse in judgment, and the school is committed to righting the wrong,” Parris stated.