The Student Association is one step closer to elections after confirming three representatives to serve on the Joint Elections Committee.
The nominees, selected by SA President Nick Gumas, will work on the committee to oversee this year’s elections for the SA, Program Board and Class Council.
In an SA Senate meeting Monday night, all three candidates discussed plans to encourage participation in elections by reaching out to more of the student body, particularly graduate students.
Representative Alexandra Puig, who served on the JEC her freshman and sophomore years, suggested using social media to expand outreach. She added that the JEC could make efforts to contact students studying abroad.
“I didn’t work on the JEC my spring semester of junior year because I was abroad, and I definitely got to see it from a different standpoint of being away,” she said.
Zachary Speck, a representative who is returning after serving on the JEC last year, said the committee could work closely with different GW officials to make sure that elections run smoothly.
Because of delayed discussions with the housing office last year, candidates were only allowed to campaign by themselves in residence halls, even though they had normally been allowed to campaign with others. Speck said the JEC should reach out to housing officials earlier to prevent the same issue this year.
He also addressed difficulties that law school and medical school students faced while trying to access their online ballots last year.
Speck said “it wasn’t something the JEC themselves was responsible for,” but it could be resolved by “making sure from the IT standpoint everyone is on the same page.”
New representative Lisa Francis, who had never been involved with the SA before, said that being a part of student government was on her “GW Bucket List.”
“I think I represent a fresh face for the JEC and the SA as a whole,” she said.