Elections run April 4 through 8.
For more info on where to vote visit cusg.colorado.edu
After the Colorado Daily deadline, candidates from the Invest ticket confirmed 35 candidates, 11 more than reported in Tuesday’s story, running for CUSG, ASSG, Engineering and Leeds Council positions. That increases the preliminary number of candidates to at least 86 running this spring, among the three tickets.
A preliminary count of candidates running for a spot in the student government at the University of Colorado this spring confirmed some student speculation that this semester could be the largest election in CUSG history.
At least 75 students are expected to run for 39 positions this spring — including CUSG, Arts and Sciences Student Government, Leeds Council and Engineering Council, according to candidates.
The application process is not complete for all positions, so CUSG could not confirm the candidate estimate Monday.
As of Monday’s petition deadline (signatures are required for the application process), 41 students are running for 14 CUSG and Arts and Sciences Student Government positions, said Danielle Warly, CUSG election commissioner.
Petitions for Leeds Council and Engineering Council are due later this week.
There are three tickets running together on the spring ballot. No independent candidates were confirmed. The Edge ticket has 30 candidates, Invest has 24 and Propel has 21.
Last spring 38 candidates ran for 17 seats.
Warly said this is the largest number of candidates on record, partially due to a large number of Engineering Council and Leeds Council candidates, in addition to CUSG and Arts and Sciences Student Government.
Student numbers have shown low voter turnout in the past elections. In the spring of 2010, only about 19 percent of the student body voted (5,697 students).
Some candidates said this spring’s heightened interest is a result of student protests to a CUSG referendum, “Buff Up the Rec,” that could significantly increase student fees.
The referendum would add a student fee increase of about $120 per student, per semester, for a nearly $62 million renovation of the university’s Recreation Center.
If approved, the increase would likely go into effect in the fall of 2013.
Elections run April 4-8 for three tri-executives, four representatives at-large, seven Arts and Sciences representatives, 12 Engineering Council seats and 13 Leeds Council representatives.