At some point before midnight tonight, voting for the 2012-13 GUSA executive will begin. After two weeks of campaigning, two debates, and more square footage of signs than the Pennsylvania turnpike, you’ll finally be able to vote. Here’s Vox’s cheat sheet for the election.
Candidates, in ballot order
We won’t elaborate much on the individual platforms here because you’ve probably been beat over the head with these names and buzz words more than you’d like. So here is the list of candidates in the order they will appear on the ballot, with links to their responses to a Vox questionnaire (they were assigned the order randomly):
In case you’re nostalgic, here are links to everything that has happened over the past two weeks GUSA-wise: We have candidates and their platforms; two debates; Youtube videos; some anonymous attacks (on us too); and finally the straw poll and two endorsements.
Don’t forget the IRV
Given the sheer number of candidates and the the relative aggressiveness of the campaigns compared to years past, don’t be surprised if the winner receives less than a plurality of first-choice votes. With instant run-off voting, the results are iteratively re-tabulated after eliminating the candidate with the lowest number of votes until one candidate receives a majority. For reference, Mike & Greg won last year with 30% of first choice votes and only received the necessary majority after four rounds of elimination. In 2010, Calen & Jason received a majority right off the bat. But since the 2010 election wasn’t nearly as competitive, how you rank your second, third, and fourth place candidates could decide who wins, so pay attention (and a note to the candidates, campaigning to get already-decided voters to rank you in second place is probably a good idea).
Like in the final step of SAFE reform, GUSA is installing physical polling locations in Leo’s. They’ll be open from 12-2, and from 6-8 to remind people to vote. During SAFE voting, the physical polling stations were a fairly large failure, seeing only about 50 voters, but the Senate decided to give them one more shot with altered hours before laying them to rest permanently. One thing to note is that, even if you vote via email, there are campaign restrictions around the upper floor of Leo’s. So the polling stations make the upper floor of Leo’s a haven if the campaigning on Lau 2 is driving you crazy.
After the election
Without any major hiccups, we should know the winner by the wee hours of Friday morning. After that, the President-and Vice President-elect have a grace period of two weeks to learn the job and to ice their paper cuts. They’ll take power after spring break.