A.S. online election successful after fourth try

Kristopher A. Fortin

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Street Team members Harsh Patel (top) and Dhruv Patel help Tisha Stoliar, 48-year-old deaf studies major, vote in the Associated Students election. Photo Credit: Kristopher Fortin / Staff Reporter

Street Team members Harsh Patel (top) and Dhruv Patel help Tisha Stoliar, 48-year-old deaf studies major, vote in the Associated Students election. Photo Credit: Kristopher Fortin / Staff Reporter

We did it,” said Dan Monteleone, Associated Students director of elections, after the final results came in from the first successful A.S. online election.

The total voter turnout for the two-day election was 1,600, a little more than 1,000 votes from last fall’s election.

There were no major errors with the online election, Monteleone said.

Voter turnout slowed to 500 on the second day of elections. The voter turnout at the sole polling booth Wednesday on campus stayed consistent from the day before.

The voter turnout was higher on the first day, Monteleone said, because students voted more when they received the mass e-mail sent to every student’s campus inbox.

The results were announced at 8:10 p.m., more than an hour after the polls closed at 7 p.m. The election write-ins delayed the final results from being announced because they had to verify legitimate write-ins, Monteleone said.

The election stayed close in the Graduate, At Large, and Business and Economics races. Guyon McCormack won the Graduate senate position by four votes over Kevin Kolb.

“Guyon is a great guy … (and) he’ll make a great senator,” Kolb said after the results were announced.

Ashley Walker and Cynthia Medrano won the two At Large senate positions in a race that was decided by less than 100 votes. Walker received the most votes with 720 and Medrano with 689. Bobby Tofig, the At Large senator II prior to the election, came in third with 626 votes.

Six of the eight nominees on the Students for Change slate won senate positions.

Shreenivas Ghorpade won the Engineering and Computer Science senate position with five votes. Christina Turner won the education senate position with two votes.
“If it worked, I was going to be a hero,” Monteleone said, “If it failed, I was going to be the guy that tried an online election after the three that didn’t work.”