The student body passed a referendum to change the student government’s constitution while also electing over 30 representatives to serve in Associated Students of Madison positions in elections which took place Monday through Wednesday.
Preliminary results show 15 percent of the student body participated in the elections, with a total of 6,077 completed ballots.
Voter turnout increased from last spring when only 11.4 percent of the student body submitted ballots.
Student Elections Chair Mickey Stevens said placing the ASM constitution referendum on the ballot likely contributed to increased voter participation.
“It’s something that’s a bigger deal,” Stevens said. “It’s an issue that more students may have cared about.”
The new constitution passed by a vote of 3,065 “yes” votes to 1,190 “no” votes.
Student Council Rep. Sean McNally, who drafted and proposed the new constitution, said the constitution will “streamline a lot of ASM’s processes” and allow the new branches to focus on their respective areas.
A 15-member committee made up of ASM leadership and grassroots committee chairs will draft bylaws for the new student government structure, which will then be sent to Student Council and would need to pass by a two-thirds vote.
ASM Spring 2013 Election Results
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/School of Veterinary Medicine
School of Business
School of Education
College of Engineering
School of Human Ecology, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy
Mike Van Sistine
Martin Michael Babcock
College of Letters and Science
Kayla Van Cleave
School of Medicine and Public Health
School of Law
Student Services Finance Committee
Senior Class President
Senior Class Vice President
Senior Class Secretary
Senior Class Treasurer