The polls for the spring 2016 GSBA elections closed at 4:30 p.m. today, but due to an unusual set of circumstances, GSBA has not announced a winner for the Presidential and Vice-Presidential positions.
Candidates for president and vice-president must win a majority of 50.1 percent of the vote to win the race, according to the GSBA Election Code. Current results show junior candidates Caleb Dawson and Paige Leonnig at 47 percent of the vote. In this instance, according to GSBA Election Commissioner Cole Garcia, a run-off between the first- and second-highest place candidates would take place. However, junior candidate pairs Amanda Hardt and Brandon Lim and Royal Henderson and Eli Ashenafi are tied with 25 percent of the vote.
In order to hold a run-off, there must be a clear second-place candidate pair.
“This has never happened before,” Garcia said.
Garcia has submitted a query for information to GSBA’s election system. Since there was a write-in section on the ballot, Garcia said GSBA wants to check for any stray votes for the second and third place candidates.
“It’s unlikely, but we just want to cover all our bases,” Garcia said. According to Garcia, the process of retrieving data from GSBA’s system through Zagtivities takes only a few moments. As of the publication of this article, Garcia said he had been waiting for an hour and a half. He said that GSBA has submitted support tickets to CollegiateLink, the service that hosts Zagtivities.
Until GSBA receives this information, the result of the presidential and vice-presidential race is in limbo.
Garcia said that one of three things could happen: If information is received before 8 p.m. tonight and pushes one pair of candidates definitively into second place, the run-off will be held as normal, beginning at midnight. If GSBA receives the information before 8 a.m. Friday, the run-off will be begin on Friday. However, if ballot results are not received until after 8 a.m. Friday, or the results reveal no clear second place candidate, Garcia said that candidates will meet with the dean, assistant dean, current GSBA President Taylor Kratochvil and election commissioners to discuss how to proceed.
According to Garcia, there is currently no policy in place for a second- and third-place tie in GSBA presidential elections.
The remaining ballots, including GSBA treasurer, individual class officers and student senators have been counted and will GSBA will proceed to announce those winners as usual. There is a single run-off for the last sophomore senator position between Duncan Hatch, Anya Hauptmann and Cole Kenworthy.
Check gonzagabulletin.com for GSBA election updates.