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Student accused of hate crime voted out of OSU student government
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Student accused of hate crime voted out of OSU student government

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Oregon State University graduate student Andrew Oswalt, who is facing prosecution on hate crimes charges, has been recalled by a vote of students in an Associated Students of OSU election that concluded Friday.

Oswalt, who was also running for re-election as a graduate representative, came in last of the 11 students running for five seats as a graduate student representative next school year.

Results posted on the student government website show nearly 90 percent of the roughly 5,000 votes cast favored a recall.

Voting in the election was done online starting Monday and concluded at 10 p.m. Friday.

Over 500 students voted against the recall, and some entered Oswalt’s name for positions for which he wasn't running.

According to a Daily Barometer report, turnout last year was less than 13 percent. ASOSU elections supervisor Radhika Shah said the turnout this year was 21 percent.

Justin Bennett and Aiden Tariku were elected president and vice president, respectively, of ASOSU in the election ending Friday. Carol Moreno was elected Speaker of the House.

Oswalt, 27, is accused of placing racist bumper stickers on cars outside of a Showing Up for Racial Justice meeting in Corvallis last June. He was arrested in January on two counts of first-degree intimidation, a felony hate crime, and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, in connection with the June incident.

Anthony Rimel covers education and can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.

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