WHERE YOUR VOTE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Associated Students campaigning begins this week and things are about to get cray. In the short span of ten days, you will be bombarded with flyers, posters, and the occasional table full of the candidate’s friends. It’s the old high school “who has the most friends” contest, but with a Shyamalan twist…these people are going to be in charge of a multi-million dollar corporation, and will represent you to the rest of the academic community.
The last year has witnessed an upswing in awareness of what ASI does, and student government seeks to increase voter turnout once more. In the 2012 election, there was a record set at 14.9% voter participation. This year, the goal is to set a new record whatever that might be.
For one, there are more candidates on each ballot, which makes reading the issues they are running for very important. Some people will come to the table with no experience or merely a desire to add something to their resume. On the other hand, there will be those who have great potential and ideas for how to lead the school. Those are the key people to keep in mind when accessing your email to vote, because you don’t want someone who is all talk and no reality.
Associated Students, Inc. Vice-President Jonathon Bolin hopes for a good turnout in the ASI elections this year.
"We are looking to break another record for turnout in the 2013 election. The more students that vote, the more it legitimizes those who win.”
This select group of men and women will determine the fate of the university and aspects of its budget and operations for a full year. The best advice to find out how much they really know what they are talking about is to attend the various candidate events from March 11th-22nd. !e Candidate Meet and Greet will be taking place on March 19th at the Friendship Walk from 12-2pm. Voting itself will take place from the 22nd to the 27th of this month. If the candidates for President or Vice-President did not obtain over 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff after Spring Break. Go vote, go Beach!