After two weeks of 6 a.m. chalking rounds, student government candidates are ready to see the effects of their campaigns. Voting in Michigan Student Assembly, LSA Student Government, University of Michigan Engineering Council and Rackham Student Government elections became available online this morning at midnight and will extend until tomorrow at 11:59 p.m.
Unlike previous elections, MSA and LSA-SG Election Director Collin McGlashen said there have been few campaign violations so far.
“Elections have been surprisingly clean. It’s been such a smooth election.”
Students can vote online at the University-provided website, vote.www.umich.edu.
Approximately 30 percent of University students have voted in the past, said McGlashen, who added that the University holds the record for the highest voter turnout in the Big Ten College Conference.
When asked about this semester’s voting turnout, McGlashen said he could not predict numbers because of all the different factors leading to voter turnout, primarily because this is a midterm election.
But McGlashen said he noticed more campaigning than in recent times.
Students First candidates have been campaigning together in order to emphasize their cohesiveness as a party. Students First Nursing candidate Heather Bidgoli said she anticipates the results of the election.
“I’m nervous and I don’t know what’s going to happen. But right now, I’m trying to contact as many kids as I can,” Bidgoli said.
Unofficial election results will be released around noon on Friday.
Defend Affirmative Action Party MSA candidate Manuel Lopez said the whole campaigning process was very fulfilling.
“There are very great people from Blue and Students First. No matter which party wins, students will be in good hands,” said Lopez, an LSA freshman.
He also said that he felt DAAP was the only party that has a strong stance on hard issues, like violence against women and race-based admissions.
Blue Party candidates plan to campaign on the Diag until tomorrow night to remind students to vote.
“These have been the longest two weeks of my life,” said MSA Blue Party candidate and LSA freshman Jack DeCamp. “Waking up at 6 a.m. gets tiring.”
Blue Party LSA-SG candidate Paige Butler said she thought the most effective campaign strategy was contacting students at a personal level.
“Campaigning has definitely been stressful,” Butler said. “But I’ve also met incredible people. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.”