Online elections benefit students

Many Eastern students are taking advantage of the student government having two-day online elections.

This year’s spring election is the second time the student government is having online elections, but this is the first-time all student executive positions are available.

Today is the last day votes will be counted.

Geena Anselmo, a sophomore special education major, said she does plan to vote for certain positions based on how candidates approached her.

“One of the candidates came and talked to (Epsilon Sigma Alpha) during our chapter meetings for three weeks in a row and I thought that was great,” Anselmo said.

Anselmo also said she would like the student government members to be more vocal and public throughout the school years.

“Even signs around campus would be great – I just want to know what they stand for,” Anselmo said.

Krista Stephens, a sophomore psychology major, said she is not sure whom she is voting for at the moment.

“I don’t know if I’ll vote but my friend’s running – so I probably should,” Stephens said.

Andrew Lilek, a sophomore graphic designer major, said he has given much thought to whom he will be voting for.

“I’m indecisive,” Lilek said.

It would be great if the student government catered toward the student body more, Lilek said.

Keia Powell, a junior elementary education major, said she has never voted for a student government election during her three years at Eastern and did not know they were currently going on.

“If I knew who was running I would probably vote,” Powell said. “(I want candidates to) explain what they would do if they were elected.”

Katy Hawley, a post-baccalaureate family and consumer science major, said she was glad elections were online.

“I’ll be more likely to vote because I sit in front of my computer more than I am on campus,” Hawley said. “It makes it easier.”

Students can vote online by visiting the student government website and using their

E-numbers and passwords to vote for their chosen candidates.

Students do not have to vote for every position on the ballot.

Alex Glover, a freshman business management major, said she is a first-time voter and hopes the spring elections will make the campus as a whole better.

“I feel like (my) vote is going to count to what happens between students organizations and students on campus,” Glover said.

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