Not Like Deja Vu All Over Again!

There were no limos pulling up at the Calvary Baptist Annex that half-inebriated students stumbled out of during this year’s Tuscaloosa municipal election. Perhaps that was not due to a lack of interest by students in civic involvement? Neither the contest for Mayor or for the School Board had any Machine candidates running. (Machine candidate Matt Calderone was running unopposed for the District Four Council seat and wasn’t on the ballot.)

No limos were at the Annex but a  Capstone Village shuttle bus unloaded retirees in wheel chairs. Other senior citizens walked with the aid of canes.

The Franklin Stove Blog was started as a response to the drinks and limo rides for votes that students were offered in 2013. The University afterwards quietly added as an “offense against the University community” this provision:

(1) Acts of dishonesty, including, but not limited to, the following:
c. Tampering or interfering with campus, local, state, or federal elections or an individual’s right to  vote in the same, including, but not limited to, requiring someone to provide evidence of voting for a particular candidate or issue, coercing or using valuable incentives to induce an individual to vote for a particular candidate or issue, or taking detrimental actions against an individual who refuses to vote for a particular candidate or issue.

The pandemonium caused by students at the Annex during the 2013 District Four election will be long remembered.

Yogi Berra’s infamous aphorism “It’s like déjà vu all over again” would definitely not apply to the 2017 Tuscaloosa municipal election.

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