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Re: Two Questions for Our Dartmouth Readers

Early today I put up “Two Questions for our Dartmouth Readers,” posting here on the Corner an item that Paul Mirengoff, a candidate in the current Dartmouth elections, first posted on his own website, Power Line. Paul described reports he had received of two kinds of election irregularities, asking any Dartmouth alumni who had encountered such irregularities to get in touch with him at powerlinefeedback@gmail.com.

Since then I’ve heard from David Spalding, Dartmouth’s Vice President for Alumni Relations, himself a candidate in the Dartmouth elections.

Below, both of Paul’s reports of irregularities—and both of David’s replies. (I’ve edited David’s replies, reducing this to something like the length of a typical Corner post, but retained his principal points.)

Report: As the election for executive positions on the Dartmouth Association of Alumni draws to a close [voting ends on June 5], we on the Parity Slate have received two disturbing reports. First, a few alums have said they did not receive ballots. When one of them inquired about this, the college informed him that he has been classified as “not interested” in receiving it.

Reply: [T]he mailing list used for the Association election is the list maintained by the College for all of our communications with alumni. Alumni can ask to opt out of all of our communications,in which case we either do not have their address or we do not send them anything. We have had some people contact us during this election who are listed in the system as not wanting any information from Dartmouth,which means being coded in our system as “not interested” in receiving material from Dartmouth. . We have immediately gotten their information and either sent them a ballot and/or provided them with the information to vote electronically.

Report: Second, some alumni say they have received mail from the “Dartmouth Undying” slate, but not from Dartmouth Parity. If this is true, it presumably means that our rival slate is using the official Dartmouth mailing list. Our slate does not have access to this list.

Reply: [T]he College has not provided mailing lists to either slate, or their backers,in this election. We have heard from people who only receive mailings from the petition slate and their supporters and not from [Dartmouth] Undying [the other slate]. I do not know enough about the original sources of these lists,or how they have been maintained to be able to guess why there would be differences with the two lists. What I do know is that we have not provided any lists to anyone.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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