The Election Rules Commission (ERC) will hold an expedited election starting today for senators from the College of Business following an error during the Student Government (SG) general elections.
Voting begins today at polling stations outside Argos and the Library, Tuesday outside the Marshall Student Center (MSC) and Juniper-Poplar Hall and Wednesday outside the MSC and Argos. The polling stations are open between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
Polls are also open online at sg.usf.edu/vote until Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Candidate Joshua Smith, a double major in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business, initially applied for a seat in the College of Business. However, due to an input error, Smith was placed on the ballot for the College of Arts and Sciences for the first six hours of voting.
During that time period, 71 votes were cast and Smith lost by 40 votes. As a result of the input error, the ERC will hold an expedited election to include 19 senator-elects for eight available seats.
Additionally, two vacancies in the College of Arts and Sciences will be filled by runners-up Alec Waid and Issa Ali. The new senators, who received 505 votes each, will be recertified into the SG Senate following spring commencement.
The vacancies were made following the disqualification of Saeed Sinan for allegedly harassing voters and the removal of Victor Cimino due to excessive absences in Senate meetings.