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SGA voting still faces problems


Voting in the Student Government Association elections wrapped up Wednesday, but connectivity problems made a second appearance at the polling locations.

Candidates like Redvolution’s David Ghably campaigned until the last minute, despite the technical difficulties.  |  Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar

Candidates like Redvolution’s David Ghably campaigned until the last minute, despite the technical difficulties. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar

While the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science ballot issue was fixed, some students were still unable to log in to cast their votes.

“This was the first year that we did polling locations like this, so obviously were going to run into a lot of hiccups,” said computer information systems sophomore Said Jalajal, the chief election commissioner.

“In the past, it was strictly online, where we had the option of polling locations. This year it was strictly polling locations.”

The information on students who couldn’t vote was recorded, Jalajal said, and SGA is working on a solution for them.

The results will not be validated until the commission feels they’re complete, Jalajal said.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the senate voted unanimously for an Internal Affairs committee to meet and discuss the election issues. SGA plans to issue a response to students following that meeting.

“When students are not able to vote and come to us with complaints, SGA should have a response,” said Eduardo Reyes, an economics sophomore running for SGA president.

Results, which were expected at 5 p.m. Thursday, are now delayed, Jalajal said.

“It takes a few days to process, and the results should be out on Friday,” Jalajal said.

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