Free liquor and limo rides go a long way.
Members of the University of Alabama chapter of Chi Omega sorority allegedly received an email asking them to vote for alums Cason Kirby and Lee Garrison, who were running in the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education race. To secure the votes, they were tempted with rides in stretch Hummers, free liquor and the promise of Panhellenic brownie points. The latter was the icing on the cake.
"In a list that was e-mailed to me this weekend, y'all are the only [members] registered in the specific district that are allowed to vote," the email states. "Cason Kirby, a past SGA president of the University of Alabama is running for the City Board of Education, and Lee Garrison a UA Alum is also running."
"They would really appreciate/need your vote to win this election. It's going to be really tight, and it is SO IMPORTANT that they get the Greek Vote. I told both of them that I would do my best to make sure that I got every Chi O that was registered to the polls. There is a big incentive for you going as well!!"
The email goes on to list five "incentives," including that both the sorority and individuals who vote would receive points to go toward UA's Panhellenic and the sorority's in-house point systems, which reward participation within the system.
In addition, the author states "they rented out Innisfree and Moe's" -- two downtown Tuscaloosa bars -- and wristbands good for one free drink at each venue and free cover would be made available to members who showed an "I Voted" sticker to the sorority representative.
Both Kirby and Garrison were victorious, so it looks like everyone won. That's how you politic.