Election Season is Here!

Significant election at Washington, June 3, 1867

Last week, UB students voted in the Student Government Association elections. On the ballot were candidates for the positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, as well as senators from the sophomore class, MSB, CPA and CAS undergraduate senators, and CPA and MSB graduate senators. The unofficial election results are posted online.

You might have seen flyers around campus, or received emails describing the candidates positions, in the weeks leading up to the election. But we’re curious: why did you vote for a particular candidate? Did you like their personality? Did they seem nice in their photos? (Nixon infamously lost to Kennedy in the presidential debates because of his unattractive appearance on television.) Did you feel they will best represent your wants and needs as students?

On the state level, ads for the gubernatorial election have already started. Our governor, Martin O’Malley, has reached his term limit and is possibly looking at a presidential run in 2016. Without an incumbent, the election is wide open. The primary election is on June 24, 2014. You have until June 3 to register to vote in that election. In Maryland, you must be registered with either the Democratic or Republican Party to vote in the primary election (see the Board of Elections FAQs).

To help decide who to vote for this summer, take a look at the long list of candidates for governor. There are four republican candidates, six democratic candidates, and one libertarian (who will only be on the general-election ballot in November). Each candidate usually has a website, a Facebook page, and Twitter account, that you can use to find out what issues the candidate cares about.

In the meantime, congratulations to the new UB Student Government Association officers! They start their service on April 30.

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