Meggie Le of TIDE Elected A.S. President

    TIDE presidential candidate and Marshall College junior Meggie Le was elected by a margin of 794 votes after two rounds of single-transferable voting, and TIDE candidates Olamide Noah and Bryan Cassella were elected into the Vice President of External Affairs and Vice President of Finance and Resources positions, respectively. Sixth College senior Cody Marshall, who ran as an independent, took the Vice President of Student Life seat.

    All four of the TIDE’s campus-wide senatorial candidates — Irene Chang, Jackie Clavin, Savini Ganhewa and Matthew Mayeda — were elected into office. The remaining campus-wide senators are Brad Segal, Caeser Feng and Baldeep Dhaliwal of Bold, and Summer Rose Perez of Student Voice.

    In the single-transferable voting system, voters are asked to rank the candidates. If a student’s first-place candidate does not receive enough voters, the vote is transferred to his or her second-place candidate, and so on.

    In the presidential race, independent candidate Ali Athar was defeated in the first round, with 380 votes. Student Voice candidate Elizabeth Garcia was defeated in the second round, with 1237 votes. Bold candidate Karen Liang was defeated in the third round with 1515 votes, and Le was elected with 2309 votes.

    “This was simply an amazing experience,” Le said. “I couldn’t have made it without Jeremy [Akiyama] and Olamide [Noah] and Bryan [Cassella], and I’m so proud of everyone on my slate. Of course we knew that people from every slate would be elected, but we don’t want it to be a repeat of two years ago.”

    This year’s voter turnout was 21.06 percent, according to A.S. Advocate General Courtney Hill. This is a significant decrease from both the 27.5-percent general election turnout in 2011, and the 51-percent D-I referendum turnout last month.

    “The voter turnout was a lot lower this year, but it’s on track for a year that had no referendum,” Hill said. “I’m just glad we broke 20 percent.”

    Marshall College — where the majority of the TIDE executive candidates are from — had the highest voter turnout at 22 percent, followed by Muir, Revelle, Warren, ERC, Sixth.

    No slates filed grievances this year, a stark contrast to the 2011 elections, in which grievance proceedings delayed the election results for three days.

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