Carter, Sandoval Triumph in UA, UAVP ElectionsBy Douglas E. Heimburger
Associate News Editor
Dedric A. Carter '98 and Sandra C. Sandoval '00 emerged victorious in the Undergraduate Association presidential and vice presidential elections Wednesday, winning 52.1 percent of the vote.
The other declared opponents, Sunil K. Rao '99 andKari A. Bingen '99, received 33.2 percent of the vote. The remaining 14.7 percent of the 1,396 ballots cast contained a write-in vote or no vote.
"Obviously, I'm pleased with the election outcome, and I'm pleased that there was overwhelming support for our ticket," Carter said.
"It was a completely positive campaign," Rao said.
Over the coming months, the incoming team will be working to assemble a group of individuals to spearhead projects, Carter said. "I want to make sure that the [UA] infrastructure is strong for the coming year."
One of the projects the team plans to work on over the coming months will be to improve the condition of Amherst Alley andVassar Street. "We're going to try to get the city to address the problem that Vassar Street is in very poor condition," Carter said.
Rao and Bingen said that they hoped the new administration would deal with issues that arose during the campaign. "Kari and Imade school spirit our number one priority," Rao said. "We hope the UAwill address that next year."
Carter and Sandoval will take office at the end of the academic year.
Huang elected freshman president
Elsie Huang '00 defeated three other rivals to become the President of the Class of 2000 in this year's most contested race. The race was the only one with four candidates on the ballot.
Huang led during each stage of the preferential balloting, receiving just over 31 percent of the vote in the first round and 53 percent of the vote in the third and final round, when all other candidates were eliminated except Oreoluwa A. Adeyemi '00, who came in second overall.
The contested vice presidential seat was won by Riffat Manasia '00 after two rounds of preferential balloting. Manasia received 43 percent of the vote in the first round and 56 percent in the second round. Michele S. Micheletti '00 finished second.
In the other contested Class of 2000 elections, Stephanie Y. Soohoo '00 and Monique E. de Jesus '00 received 54 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent social chair Aron K. Qasba '00.
In the only other contested election, C. Kareem Howard '99 was elected president of the sophomore class, defeating Jesse C. Cochrane '99. Howard received 57 percent of the vote.
In uncontested races, Pooja Shukla '99 was elected vice president of the Class of 1999. Salman A. Khan '98 was elected president of the Class of 1998, and Samantha L. Lavery '98 was elected vice president.
The treasurers of the Class of 1999 and 1998 were both elected as write-in candidates. Sabina W. Ma '99 received 58 votes, while Yu-Lan Mary Ying '98 was elected with 44 votes.
All other class officer positions were uncontested. The positions of secretary of the Class of 1998 and the publicity chairs of the Class of 1999 were left unfilled. The class councils will appoint individuals to fill these positions, said current UATreasurer Russell S. Light '98.
Electronic total highest in history
While fewer ballots overall were cast this year than in previous years, a record number of votes, 1,058, were submitted electronically, Light said.
The remaining 300 ballots were cast at polling stations in Lobby 7, Walker Memorial, the StudentCenter, and in Baker House. Student volunteers and other assistants provided by the candidates oversaw the paper balloting, said UAElection Commissioner Edgar H. Martinez '00.
To avoid fraud, voter lists were created after the end of electronic voting, and the lists were checked at the end of paper balloting to ensure that students had not attempted to vote in more than one location. There were no significant problems in the election, Martinez said.
Voter turnout in class elections was highest for the Class of 2000, where 47 percent of the class cast ballots, Light said.
Thirty-eight percent of the Class of 1999 voted, while 28 percent of the Class of 1998 and 14 percent of the Class of 1997 cast ballots in the election.
"Considering the number of candidates in contested races, the turnout was very good,"Light said. Last year, about 1,500 students voted with many more contested races.
In addition, the Baker polling station was moved inside Baker because of the cold temperatures, potentially hurting voter turnout, Light said. "Usually the Baker polling place is outside Baker, and people see it as they are coming to and from class," he said. "This year, people explicitly had to walk into Baker to vote."
Many students only voted in a few of the elections, Light said."A number of people vote for one or two particular people on the ballot and leave the rest blank."
To speed the election results, votes cast electronically were counted electronically for the first time this year, Light said. In the past, electronic ballots were printed out and counted by hand. As a result, some results were available several days earlier than last year, he said.