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September 30, 2011

10 Years Ago: First Online Elections for Undergraduate Student Government

Ten years ago USG concluded its first online election: the fall election for class officers. Efforts had been made over a year earlier but security concerns delayed the implementation. Online elections were seen as a way to increase voter turnout. Prior to Fall 2001, in-person voting was held at Thwing Center, normally 9-4, and in Fribley and Leutner Commons 4:30-7. Volunteers worked the polls.

The USG election commissioner worked with staff from Student Information Systems to implement a system for online voting. The system also had the “capacity for any student organization to sponsor a survey.”

“The voting and survey system takes information from CWRU’s databases and uses that information as criteria for providing the correct ballots.” A student logged in using their university user-ID and password. According to the Observer, online voting was a success and the general consensus among students was that the “online elections made voting more convenient.”[1]

[1] Matthew Himrod, “First ever online class elections conclude successfully,” The Observer (9/21/2001)

Posted by hxy2 at September 30, 2011 02:38 PM

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