SA ENJOYS RECORD VOTING NUMBERS IN LIVING AREA SENATORS ELECTION
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany Student Association Senate saw record voting numbers in last week’s Living Area Senators election, making it the most successful election in the Student Association’s history.
“It was a very successful election,” said senate chair Jarrett Altillo. “I haven’t seen anything like it since I’ve been here and I know many of people who’ve been here longer than me haven’t seen anything quite like it either.”
Voting increased by nearly 43 percent this fall as compared to last year, with the number of voters jumping from 1,543 students to 2,206 students.
Since the fall of 2014, the amount of voters has more than doubled.
“The commission has been working very hard to assure the best results and the highest voting numbers,” said Danielle Haft, chair of the elections commission.
The SA Marketing Department looked to improve the number of voting participants this year with a high marketing push on social media, specifically with the SA Instagram page that is followed by more than 1,700 people.
“From the day the nomination form opened to when it closed, and when the ballot opened to when it closed, there was a very big push especially on Instagram in which the flyers were posted almost daily,” Haft said.
A bigger marketing push on the quads was also a part of the ploy, with more fliers going up than in years past.
“With the larger freshman class, we have seen more students vote for senators on Indian Quad and State Quad,” Haft said.
Moving forward, the SA Senate, along with the help of the elections commission, will look to build on its success experienced this fall.
“The commission looks forward to coordinating the spring election and ensuring a bright future for the Student Association and the students of UAlbany,” Haft said.
As the senators were inaugurated at the first SA Senate meeting since the election, Altillo congratulated them and looked toward the future.
“I know it was a very hard fought election,” Altillo said. “So congratulations to all of you and I can’t wait to start working with you.”