P.R.I.D.E. Party takes lead in Student Association elections
Voter turnout surpasses 1,500 students in first two days
The Spectrum’s exit poll results indicate the P.R.I.D.E. Party earned 50% of the Student Association executive board elections votes for president, vice president and treasurer.
The Students Reform Party earned 30% of the president, vice president and treasurer votes, the CLEAR Party received 19% of president, vice president and treasurer votes and the Going Forward, Going Blue Party received 1% of treasurer votes, according to our 789 exit polls.
The elections –– which started Tuesday and run through Thursday –– brought out 1,586 student voters in the first two days of polling, according to SA Elections and Credentials Chair Sophonie Pierre-Michel.
This number already passed three out of the five previous SA e-board election turnout totals –– 217 voted in 2015, 1,254 in 2016 and roughly 650 students voted in 2018. Numbers have yet to pass 2014’s turnout of 2,303 votes and 2017’s 2,535 votes.
Of the 789 students The Spectrum surveyed as of Wednesday at 5 p.m., 550 answered how they found out about the elections.
Roughly 28% of respondents said they found out from candidates campaigning in the Student Union lobby, roughly 18% said they found out through social media and 14% said they are friends with the candidates.
Pierre-Michel said she hopes there is a “big turnout” of student voters on Thursday.
“Students that come to vote really care about these issues,” Pierre-Michel said. “Hopefully there’s a big push for students to come out to vote.”
Thursday is the last day to vote for the SA e-board, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m in the Student Union Theater.
Jacklyn Walters is a co-senior news editor and can be reached at Jacklyn.Walters@ubspectrum.com and @JacklynUBSpec.