By Hunter King/CityStyle Editor
A steady stream of students took to the voting booth at the PCC Tuesday evening. ASB adviser Derek Oriee managed the booth with volunteers Maria Sanchez, 24, a medical anthropology major, and Steven Chan, 19, a biology major.
Thirty minutes before the first day of voting concluded, the voter count numbered at just over 100. “The turnout has been average so far, at this rate, we might get 400 voters in all,” Oriee said. With about 25,000 students enrolled, 400 votes would be less than 1 percent.
The ASB Cabinet hopes the new electronic voting option will draw in more voters. In previous years, students had to fill out paper ballots at the booth. This year, students can log onto the student account to vote or use a laptop or tablet provided at the voting booth.
The ASB positions up for election are president, PCC vice president, LAC vice president, secretary, treasurer, and student trustee. Competition exist for the seat of president between candidates Benny Carrillo, computer science major, and Dalziel Arambula, psychology and communication major. For the seat of treasurer, Jeremiah Harris, a physics major, and Joshua Bedulla, a business administration major, are competing.
Robert Hewitt is running for LAC vice president, while Brian Ortiz is running for PCC vice president. Mara Joy Abudo is running for secretary. Alejandro Lomeli is running for student trustee.
A voter may also write in a candidate. For a write in candidate to be considered, he or she must receive a minimum of 50 votes.
Alberto Moreno, the LAC Cultural Affairs chair, took charge of the elections committee after the previous election committee’s leader resigned six weeks before the election dates.
“We did our best to promote it, but it would have helped to have more time in the planning of the bbq and other promotional events,” Moreno said.
Bedulla was spotted on the PCC doing some of his own promotional work with his campaign team member and art major Jenapher Moore, 18. “We’re trying to bridge the gap between students and the ASB,” Bedulla said.
The duo was handing out mixed tapes and candy in an effort to start conversations with students passing by just beyond the 50-foot radius of the polling booth, as to not interfere with voters.
Amanda Touch, a computer information systems major, 20, said, “I didn’t even know there was a polling booth until Joshua pointed it out. The electronic system is so easy.”
Seventeen ASB Cabinet members serve an enrollment of about 25,000 students.
The last day to cast a ballot is Thursday, May 14, at the LAC. Voting times are from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. The results will be posted the following day at 5 p.m.