The student body presidential election runoff is underway. Votes will be taken until 7 tonight for either Andrew Aubery and Jessica Asuncion or Maxon Victor and Sameer Ahmed, the top two tickets in last week’s general election.
Though Victor was reinstated in the runoff after being initially disqualified due to point violations, both tickets do still have points assessed to them by the Election Rules Commission. The Victor/Ahmed ticket has nine and the Aubery/Asuncion ticket has seven. A ticket is disqualified if they reach ten points.
All of the candidates spent the day bouncing all over campus ,reaching as many students as humanly possible.
There are definitely some hot spots, though. Students would be hard pressed to walk by the Marshall Center, Library or Cooper Hall without being accosted by at least one campaigner, or in many cases, the candidates themselves.
Aubery was outside of Cooper Hall Tuesday afternoon handing out flyers.
“It’s (the campaigning) going good,” Aubery said. “I’m trying to pass out flyers grassroots style, getting to know people, getting to know my constituents.”
Senator Frank Harrison, who, along with former student body Vice President Ryan Morris, represented Victor in his appeal of points assessed by the ERC, was all over campus yesterday campaigning for Victor.
“They’ve both been dedicated senators,” Harrison said. “They’re also really good team players.”
A dominant theme of all the campaigns are also to get students to vote.
“Just go out and vote,” said student body President Bijal Chhadva. “Make sure you check out both the candidates and vote for the best candidate.
“Vote for the person who you think will represent you and do the best job for you.”Harrison agreed with Chhadva on that point.
“Whether they vote for Maxon and Sameer or not, I’m trying to get as many students (as possible) involved in the process,” Harrison said. “That’s just something I’d like to see in Student Government.”
One issue that the campaigns have to deal with is voter apathy.
“One of the things that’s really unfortunate is the students don’t take you seriously,” Aubery said.
Along with general voter apathy, campaigners also have to deal with students who don’t know that they have to vote again because there is a runoff.
“Because it’s a runoff election, a lot of people are like, ‘I already voted, I didn’t know we had to vote again,'” Harrison said.
Students can vote at www.usf.edu/vote .