PULLMAN, Wash. – The former controversial president of Washington State University’s College Republicans chapter was re-elected Thursday, but there were procedural errors that voided the election.
James Allsup resigned from his presidency back in August after he attended the “Unite the Right” rally that turned violent in Charlottesville. Allsup has made headlines before that, once for being hit in the head at the "DeploraBall" at President Donald Trump's inauguration, and when he was a speaker at a June 25 "Free Speech Rally" in Washington D.C.
Allsup confirmed with KREM 2 News that he was re-elected. Then, around 12:30 p.m. Friday WSU College Republicans posted on Facebook saying, “Due to a series of procedural errors at the November 30, 2017 meeting, the voting conducted at the meeting has been declared null and void by the Chapter Advisor and WSU Student Involvement. The executive committee will meet in the near future to discuss potential next steps.”
WSU's Registered Student Organization policy says officers or leaders of a student organization must be a student currently enrolled at WSU.
Allsup will be graduating at the end of this semester. According to RSC policy, he does not qualify to hold the President position for WSU College Republicans. Allsup said he ran for president again because he wants to leave the organization better than he found it.
"I want to help facilitate or build up a crop of future leaders within the organization because I thinks it's one of the most important parts of the organization is facilitating building leadership skills. I want to have people who are ready to fill the shoes of the current board," said Allsup.
Allsup said attendance numbers have gone down and wants to change that by focusing on recruitment efforts.
"We need to get out on campus and make our presence felt more. That doesn't necessarily--I know the implications to pick up there are events like the Trump Wall and things like that. Not necessarily. We don't have to do the big splashy headline events to get people involved and get people knowing that we're there," he said.
As for doing things differently in a second term as President, Allsup said he wants to focus on building a legacy.
"In my capacity as president, I'm going to mostly be concerned with establishing committees, establishing people who will be organizing events, and setting the club up for a good future going forward," Allsup said.
Allsup said he would be in meetings to sort out the election results. But as it stands, the election is void, and he is not re-elected as club president.