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Past voter turnout
It looks like voter turnout in this fall’s UCSU elections could hit an all-time low, with less than 2 percent of students having voted four days into the five-day voting period. Here’s a look at voter turnouts from the past 10 fall elections, according to UCSU tallies.
Voter turnout in this week’s University of Colorado Student Union election is lagging so far behind past years that it has the potential to be the lowest of any fall election in two decades.
As of Thursday afternoon, less than 2 percent of the student body had voted, said UCSU Election Commissioner Alex Schnell.
Schnell said he couldn’t release exact numbers because it’s against UCSU policy, but 2 percent of the roughly 30,000 CU students who are eligible to vote translates to about 600 voters.
“I think that’s a pretty sad turnout,” he said.
Voting began at 12:01 a.m. Monday and ends at 8 p.m. Friday.
Schnell said the low turnout may be partly due to the fact that there are no referenda on the ballot. He said he also thinks the 14 people running for office haven’t been as visible as past candidates.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying. Shane Grigsby, a CU senior running for one of the open Legislative Council representative-at-large seats, said he hung fliers on campus Monday and sent e-mails to the 200 students who signed his petition to become a candidate. But by Thursday, he said, nearly all of his fliers had been covered by posters promoting bands and other events.
Nick Smiley, a sophomore who’s also running for a representative-at-large seat, said he’s tried contacting students through Facebook. He also hit the University Memorial Center on Thursday to talk to students face-to-face.
“They have no idea that there’s an election going on,” he said.
Ten open seats are up for grabs: five on the UCSU’s Legislative Council and five on the Arts and Sciences Student Government board. There are seven candidates running in each race.
More than 2,800 students voted in last fall’s election, when there were 11 candidates running for five Legislative Council seats and five students running unopposed for seats on the ASSG board.
UCSU holds elections twice a year: in the fall and the spring. Different positions are filled each time so there are always some experienced students in office. The spring election, when the tri-executives are chosen, typically draws more voters. This past spring, 4,602 students cast ballots.
This fall’s turnout will likely be much smaller. Only a handful of students, most of whom already serve in the UCSU, showed up to watch a candidates debate Monday night. The candidates considered canceling the debate altogether but decided to hold an abridged, 45-minute version.