2006 by the numbers
10,155 or 10,240 students voted.
Just 9,647 students voted for President, while 9,591 voted for Treasurer (excluding write-in votes). This 600-700 vote gap is the highest number of non-voters for the executive ticket in a long time, if the estimated number of overall turnout is correct. Meaning a lot of people most have voted for their friends for Senator and nothing else, right?
Yet, a comparison of the Senate results with that of 4 years ago shows that turnout was down virtually across campus, down overall by about 400 votes. (We had approximately 8,564 full votes for Senate in 2002 compared to 8,171 full votes in 2006.)
In 2002, on a turnout of about 9,500, we saw 9,245 votes for President (excluding write-in votes).
This means that 2006 somehow saw 400 more votes for President or Treasurer than 2002, while 400 fewer votes were cast for Senate, and yet turnout was 600-700 votes greater this time around.
The numbers don’t really seem to be adding up.
But for those counting with the official-unofficial results, Swamp won 55.4% of the two-party vote for President, while taking 34 out of 47 seats in the Senate, leaving Unite with 13 (5 Grads, 3 LS, 2 Engineers, and 3 small colleges). For the Treasurer race, Ryan Moseley took 45.9% against Lola’s 31.7%, and the two head toward a run-off next week, while Susan Henriques decides where to take her 22.5%.