More first-year elections drama—SEAS election tied at 14 votes
Last night we reported on the perilously close CCSC first-year elections, which ended in a lengthy appeal of the result. Tonight it’s SEAS on the docket, and it’s even better. The president/VP and one class representative are in, but there is a tie for the second class representative spot between Tanya Shah and Patricia Hsu…at FOURTEEN votes apiece. (SEAS only elects two class reps—CCSC takes three.) And, according to the SEAS constitution, that mandates a public runoff to decide the winner.
The election for the SEAS representative to the University Senate was already scheduled to begin on Tuesday, so this election will line up with that. While the Senate voting period will last five days, though, this runoff will last just 24 hours from the time the announcement email goes out on Tuesday.
The SEAS elections board is not releasing the names of the winners prior to the runoff to ensure that those results do not influence this vote. And, the moratorium on campaigning will continue through Tuesday, so it’ll be a quiet tension that hangs over this election for a full five days.
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