Voter Apathy Continues on Referenda Ballot

Few students voted for Student Association referenda questions revived for this week’s runoff after complaints not all voters were offered the questions during the general election.

“There was apathy toward the referenda,” said Joint Elections Committee member Skip Oliva. “But there was not apathy in the general elections since nearly 3000 people voted.”

The referendum to bring the SA constitution into agreement with the Joint Elections Committee charter passed 507-208. The revision also was passed in last week’s defunct 396-157 count.

The second alteration, to update the name of GW’s law school in the SA constitution, passed 641-216. It passed 360-96 the first time.

During the general elections March 3-4, a miscommunication between the SA and the JEC left some students without the option to vote on the changes, Oliva said. But the machine ballots gave all voters the opportunity during the runoff.

Despite the inclusion of the questions in the booths, students said they did not vote on the referenda.

“I don’t even know what the hell it is,” freshman Steve Siddell said.-Shruti Dat?

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