Voter turnout for the 2012 YUSU Elections is expected to be one of the highest on record after reaching 27 per cent at 12pm today with two and a half days of campaigning still remaining. This figure equals 2011’s final turnout and exceeds that of 2009 by 2 per cent, showing the potential to rival 2010’s 30 per cent turnout which was the highest in the last four years.
Over 27,000 ballots have been cast, so far, by 4,130 unique voters, with each voter casting an average 6.7 ballots; more than 10,000 ballots were cast in the first ten hours of voting and the number of unique voters is already higher than in any of the previous four years.
Predictably the position of YUSU President has drawn in the highest number of votes thus far, with 3,184 ballots having been cast. The next position drawing the most votes is York Sport President, with 2,304 votes, followed by Welfare Officer (1,806 votes), Academic Officer (1,792 votes) and Student Activities Officer (1,725 votes).
These figures follow five days of voting and some lively campaigning, including: campus posters and banners; candidate appearances in lectures; and online pages. Higher turnout has been attributed to early and better publicising of the elections as well as the close competition between candidates.
Tim Ellis, the incumbent YUSU President, commented: “It is great to see such a high engagement with the elections. This year a lot of effort has been made to ensure that the elections are being publicised very heavily, and it is fantastic to see this reflected in the amount of students that have already voted. The high turnout is also testament to the great campaigns that candidates have been running.”
He added: “[We] are hoping that even more students will be voting. We would urge anyone who hasn’t already voted to log on to www.yusu.org/vote and have a say in who will be representing them over the next year.”
Voting closes on Thursday at 12pm and the results will be announced in The Lounge at 7.30 on the same evening.