Roughly one day into voting, the three measures on the Student Activities Fee referendum have all crossed the GUSA-established threshold of 2000 votes that will make valid any of the measures that pass. As of 7:57 p.m., the SIPS Fund has received 2028 yes or no votes, Georgetown Energy has received 2021 votes and the New South Student Center has received 2053 votes, according to the GUSA Election Commission. While these numbers give no indication of how these measures are faring, student leaders are nevertheless optimistic that each measure will pass.
FinApp committee chair Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) wrote to Vox today:
I’m very confident all three proposals will pass by a wide margin. A lot of students have invested a great deal of time and energy into these proposals. The large voter turnout reflects this. Each proposal will benefit Georgetown in different and meaningful ways.
Addressing the swiftness with which the measures reached the threshold, GUSA Vice President Greg Laverriere (COL ’12) wrote to Vox:
We are ahead of last year’s SAFE Reform pace which is really exciting. The polling places in Leo’s should help maintain a steady turnout and reach students who normally don’t vote. Myself and others involved with GUSA will keep encouraging people to vote until the polls close at the end of Thursday. Students have been actively participating in the process and spreading the word about the vote which has made reaching the 2000 vote threshold so much easier.
Vox‘s guide to the referendum is available here. In addition to the online voting option, a physical voting booth with computers has been set up in Leo’s, and will be in place today through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The referendum will conclude at the end of the day on Thursday.