The preliminary results for Metro’s 2012 general elections have been released with a record number of students contributing their votes and voices. Nearly 8 percent of Metro’s 24,000 students voted this year, more than tripling the turnout of the 2010 general election, when only about 600 voted.
Last week, 1,912 students cast online ballots to elect a new Student Government Assembly president, vice president, three Student Trustees, two Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board representatives and 10 senators. Students were also able to vote on fee increases to extend the RTD pass and to reopen the Phoenix Center at Auraria to Metro students.
The election commission is in the process of verifying the results of election.
“As of right now, it is all unofficial,” said Election Commission Chair Amy Murlowski.
There were several alleged campaign violations committed by candidates, and investigations and hearings are ongoing. Any appeals of the results must be made to the election committee within five days of the end of the election.
“The issues [with violations and complaints] are not consequential,” Murlowski said. “They were mostly posting violations and it wasn’t anything major. There were some posters up in the wrong spots.”
She said the elections went well, but were not without issues.
Results of the referendum regarding approving changes to the SGA’s new constitution will be thrown out. The wrong constitution was posted on the SGA’s website for the first two days of the election. According to Murlowski, the first two days saw the largest number of votes cast.
It is currently unknown when the new constitution will be voted on.
The $2 fee allowing Metro students to access the Phoenix Center unofficially passed with 991 votes. The Phoenix Center’s services were not available to Metro students this semester after the SGA did not act on a similar fee increase last year.
Students will still have use of RTD services after all three institutions on campus voted resoundingly in favor of a fee increase. The fee increase will be capped at $74 per semester for the next year.
Metro students did vote down a referendum which would have raised the intercollegiate activity fee by $5.45. The increase would have helped launch a women’s golf team at Metro.
There were concerns among some that without a fee increase for intercollegiate athletics, Metro would not be in compliance with Title IX. According to Metro Sports Information Officer Andy Schlichting, Metro’s reinstatement of women’s softball in 2008 fulfils the requirement, but another women’s sport must be added soon.
Scott Hirsbrunner 582
Anthony Sylvester 446
Munique Bozeman 281
No Response 582
Jesse Altum 508
Andrew Murray 333
Simon Ayesse 290
No response 757
Nina Dadabhoy 887
No response 992
Clair Tralles 619
Britta Hurula 616
Erienne Romaine 616
Ian Brown 594
Tonne Elliot 577
Brogan Davy 560
Patricia Ordaz 550
DeAngelo Liberatore 522
Fabien Vivier 505
Joe Boss 490
RTD fee increase