By a margin of less than 0.5 percent — 19 votes — in the final count, Erica Scott ’20 and Isaiah Drummond ’20 were elected Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) executives over Kimiko Hirota ’20 and Bryce Tuttle ’20.
At only 34.3 percent total voter turnout, the election saw only half of undergraduates participating, and only 21.9 percent of the graduate student population — numbers lower than last year’s 57.4 percent and 34.1 percent, respectively.
In its 28th and final meeting on Tuesday night, the 19th Undergraduate Senate certified the Twenty-One, Twenty-Fun slate as sophomore class presidents and Matt Wigler ’18 as the final member of the incoming Senate. The sophomore class presidency had been vacant for 11 days after the election, following an investigation of alleged campaign violations. Though…
Ten days after the results of the 2018 Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) elections were announced, the membership of next year’s sophomore class presidency is still undecided. Now, after the ASSU Elections Commission announced that it is investigating potential campaign violations — including ones regarding a party hosted by the FOREVER ’21 slate — reports have emerged that FOREVER ’21 has dropped out of contestation for the presidency.
Are you voting in this year’s Undergraduate Senate elections? The Daily gives you everything you need to know with candidate profiles, endorsement lists and issue breakdowns.
In light of several events highlighted by recent Stanford Daily articles, it appears there were two problems with the recent elections: voter disenfranchisement and campaign regulation. For each of these problems, there exist common-sense—if not necessarily simple—reforms that should be implemented to ensure a fairer and more representative election in future years.
Justice Tention ’18 and Vicki Niu ’18 were elected as the 2017-2018 ASSU Executives with 1,374 votes. Voter turnout rates for undergraduate and graduate students were 55.49 percent and 29.80 percent, respectively.
This year, the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Elections Commission has made substantial revisions to the elections process, most notably with the introduction of Qualtrics, an online platform that the University uses for administrative surveys. For the first time, individualized links to ballots will be sent to each student’s email. Other additions to the voting process include reminder tables on voting days, hosted debates for the executive slates and dinner discussions between voters and candidates.