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567 votes say it all. Just over 5 percent of the student body turned out to vote on the 31st Student Senate elections and referendum questions.
A contested Senate race, several write-ins, and high-impact referendum questions appear to have motivated students to get out and vote.
By Erin Zwirn
Chants and flyers saying “NO” and “YES” on Question #3 turned the campus into a political war zone on Tuesday and Wednesday during the Student Senate elections.
Students overwhelmingly voted “No” on Question #3: 468 to 88. The 84 percent “No” vote will keep the Student Senate from assuming direct financial control of The Free Press and WMPG.
Although Student Senators expected a landslide “No” vote on a referendum to eliminate smoking at USM during last week’s elections, they were surprised by a very close count.
“I mean, we figured it would fail. We knew it would be unpopular but I’m surprised that it’s not as unpopular as we expected.