September 29, 2010

Students elect Senators for the 2010-2011 year

The results for the Student Senate District Representative elections are in—well, almost.

Of the 21 seats available, two remain contested, meaning that there was at least a two-way tie between candidates. Runoff elections for these seats will take place later this week.

Four other seats remain open, as there were not enough candidates running in some districts to fill all spots. Elections to fill these seats will take place during winter term.

Voter turnout for the elections was 15.5 percent, consistent with previous years.

“[The low turnout] was compounded by a larger number of students living off-campus and more districts being uncontested, leading to a ‘Candidate X is going to win regardless of whether I vote or not’ mentality,” wrote senior Student Senate Vice President David Barton in his report on the elections.

To help counter this, Barton hopes to institute an electronic voting system in the future.

Student Senate meetings are held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Round Room in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts. The meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Contested seats

-second seat, District VI

-first seat, District VII

Open seats

-second seat, District I

-second seat, District III

-second seat, District IV

-first seat, District IX

For graphs of the full results, please see the TKS print edition.

Anna Meier

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