The CRO has posted the unofficial results for the UMSU Executive election. Our team, Be The Difference (BTD), soundly defeated the competitors, Campus Change (CC). Here are the numbers:
|VP Student Services||3265||801|
Or, ignoring the spoiled ballots (which were high because many grad students try to vote and are given an envelope ballot when poll workers can’t find their student numbers, only to fill it in, put it in the box and have it rejected at the time of counting…), here are the numbers as a percent:
|VP Student Services||80.3%||19.7%|
That’s an absolute, total victory. In terms of campus locations, we also cleaned up. Here are the results by ballot box for Sid:
And, the sum of all votes per team by poll location:
As for turnout, the numbers are up significantly. There was a 7.4% turnout in 2007, and a 9.71% turnout last year. This year, we estimate turnout at 19.5%! That is more than double last year. What the high percent for us means and the high turnout is that 15.5% eligible UMSU voters voted for Sid Rashid. Now, some may say that this is low, and I agree. However, these numbers are at least the highest level of active support on the U of M campus for a President in 13 years. I’ve asked UMSU for election archives so that I can check just how historic a win this is. And, for the astute readers, they will recall that I once posted that only 22.22% of elligible voters in Canada voted for the current government. That means that the level of support among the student population for the student union executive is comparable (though far from equal) to the level of support among Candians for our government! What does that say about our new executive? What does that say about our federal government?
Finally, in terms of the size of the vote total, Sid Rashid received more votes than seven MLAs in 2007! That includes 1 former and 2 current cabinet ministers and the speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Compare that then to last year’s UMSU vote: the total votes cast (for three candidates) were less than the total votes received by the least voted-for MLA (Jennissen – 2262 votes).
So, the numbers say one thing: this was a massive, across the board, historic victory for Sid Rashid, Alanna Makinson, Jonty Chandrasena, Mitch Tripple, and Heather Laube. But, they don’t tell the story of the election nor the story of both teams’ strategies, which I will review next time…