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USA Elections Board disqualifies USAC presidential candidate Angelina Quint

Undergraduate Students Association Council presidential candidate Angelina Quint has been disqualified for failure to comply with Undergraduate Students Association Elections Board sanctions. (David Rimer/Assistant Photo editor)

By Justin Jung

May 6, 2022 1:55 a.m.

Angelina Quint, an Undergraduate Students Association Council presidential candidate, was disqualified from the undergraduate election Thursday.

Quint’s disqualification followed an Undergraduate Students Association Elections Board announcement Tuesday that she may face disqualification for continued noncompliance with board sanctions against her. The elections board previously sanctioned Quint, a third-year labor studies and sociology student, on Saturday to delete and correct two of her Instagram posts containing allegations against another presidential candidate that the board deemed unfounded.

Carl King Jr., a second-year economics and political science transfer student, and Moises Hernandez, a fourth-year philosophy and political science transfer student, are now the only USAC presidential candidates.

Quint alleged in two Instagram posts that candidate King harassed her through an anonymous Instagram account, sent two individuals to her dormitory late at night about two weeks after she had been followed by two men on campus and directly threatened her over a call. King responded to the allegations in an Instagram post, claiming that Quint’s statements were false. 

While the board found that the anonymous Instagram account used to message Quint was more likely than not” tied to King’s campaign, it did not find enough evidence to prove that King had sent the account’s messages himself. The board also found that the evidence for Quint’s latter two allegations was lacking.

The board’s sanctions required that Quint replace the two original posts with amended versions and notify the public that some of her previous statements were determined to be unfounded. Quint did not comply with the elections board sanctions by the first deadline or its extended deadline of 1 p.m. on Monday. The board then extended sanctions to further restrict Quint’s social media and in-person campaigning until the board could verify that she was in compliance with its sanctions.

The board then announced Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. that Quint would have a final 24 hour extension to comply with its sanctions before escalation, including potential disqualification.

As of publication, Quint had yet to comply.

On Wednesday night, the elections board announced that it would wait an additional day to escalate sanctions because of a pending USA Judicial Board preliminary hearing to evaluate the validity of Quint’s allegations against King.

On Thursday morning, the judicial board dismissed the case after King withdrew his petition, allowing elections board proceedings to continue.

The elections board then disqualified Quint Thursday night. 

Elections board investigations

The elections board made two investigations into Quint’s allegations against King and published the findings Saturday and Tuesday.

The elections board’s investigation into two of Quint’s allegations – that King sent two individuals to her dormitory and directly threatened her over a call – found that at least two individuals had in fact approached Quint at her dorm. However, the elections board determined the claims that King had sent them and directly threatened Quint over a call were false.

In this investigation, the elections board collected testimony from three individuals who said they went to Quint’s dormitory at night on April 12, according to the board’s findings published Saturday.

All three witnesses were unnamed in the report.

The three witnesses testified that their actions were of their own accord and that King had not directed them to meet Quint. The witnesses further testified that while King was on a call with one of the witnesses, King did not make any statements directed at her, according to the board’s findings. 

It is unclear whether the board heard testimony from Quint or other witnesses in its deliberations.

In his statement on Instagram responding to Quint’s allegations, King said that Ayona Hudson and Samone Anderson were two of the individuals who went to Quint’s room April 12. King added that he did not ask them to visit Quint at her residence. 

Hudson, a fourth-year African American studies and political science student, later posted a joint statement with Anderson, a fourth-year African American studies and political science student and the Afrikan Student Union chairperson, on Instagram earlier this week in which they said they were two of the individuals who met with Quint at her dorm. In their statement, Hudson and Anderson reaffirmed that King did not directly threaten Quint or ask them to speak with her.

In a separate investigation, the elections board examined whether King created an anonymous Instagram account and utilized it to harass Quint and other candidates.

The elections board said they used an image of an email address and phone number associated with the anonymous account in its investigation.

The Instagram account recovery process for users who forget their password may display a partially-redacted email address and phone number associated with the account.

In one of the posts that she was sanctioned to amend, Quint had included a low-resolution image of what appeared to be a photograph of another digital screen with the recovery page for the anonymous account. 

It was unclear whether the image used in the board’s investigation was the same image that Quint had posted.

King’s phone number and email address matched the characters visible in the image the board used, according to the elections board. The elections board concluded that it was more likely than not that King’s campaign was tied to the anonymous account that Quint said was harassing her. However, the elections board was unable to confirm whether King himself sent the messages through the account.

The elections board also said in its findings that it determined that the images were not falsified through digital image manipulation. It is unclear how this was determined.

As a result, the board sanctioned King on Saturday by suspending his social media campaigning for three days.

The elections board then further sanctioned King late Wednesday night, requiring that King correct an Instagram post with information that the board determined to be false within 24 hours or potentially face additional sanctions.

King had claimed that the anonymous Instagram account could not have belonged to him, because his phone number and email address were already tied to his personal account and they can only be connected to one account. This is not true, according to the board.

The portion of King’s Instagram statement with the sanctioned information was removed as of Thursday.

Voting is currently taking place on MyUCLA until Friday at 2 p.m.

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Justin Jung | News senior staff
Jung is a senior staff reporter and a photographer for the Bruin. He was a 2021-2022 assistant News editor for the campus politics and city and crime beats. Jung was also the 2020-2021 assistant Enterprise editor. Jung is a third-year global studies and geography student.
Jung is a senior staff reporter and a photographer for the Bruin. He was a 2021-2022 assistant News editor for the campus politics and city and crime beats. Jung was also the 2020-2021 assistant Enterprise editor. Jung is a third-year global studies and geography student.
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