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SA holds special elections for senate vacancies

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The Student Association is looking to fill nine vacancies in a special election following a string of resignations, impeachments and a lack of interest from candidates in the fall election.

With four at-large seats to fill and one seat for Freedom, Liberty, off-campus and business, the Nov. 7 election will be the largest special election in the last four years.

The number of seats up for grabs could potentially increase by the time the election comes around.

Senators are permitted to miss just three weekly senate meetings a year without an excuse before being removed from office, according to SA bylaws.

Attendance records show Carlos McArthur of Alumni Quad, has two-and-a-half unexcused absences while Anderson Solano, and off-campus senator, is up to two.

Senate chair Brandon Holdridge There’s a large interest in the vacant seats, according to Brandon Holdridge, SA’s senate chair, who hopes the special election coinciding with the midterms elections will drum up “a little bit more energy” from the student body.

Voter turnout in the fall election was down 32 percent compared to last year.

Seats on Freedom, Liberty and off-campus were went unfilled during the election.

Holdridge points to a smaller-than-usual Election Commission as reason for the low turnout.

“We will have a stronger team who will go out and get a higher turnout by increasing advertisement,” Holdridge said of the fully restocked Commission. He’s also hoping SA will work more closely with ResLife to increase turnout.

Students looking to run in the special election have until noon on Wednesday Oct. 24 to submit their nomination forms.

Voting will take place on MyInvolvement between noon Nov. 7 until noon Nov. 9.

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Chad Arnold is a reporter for the Albany Student Press covering Student Association affairs. He is also an die-hard heavy metal fan.

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