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Student body election ballot closes at 8 p.m. tonight

| Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Today is Election Day! From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can vote through our Electronic Ballot, which only takes a minute to fill out. Please, make your voice heard and vote for which candidates will represent you as student body president and vice president, and weigh in on the referendum to raise the bar for the number of signatures required of petitioners to the Student Senate.

The candidates in the student body elections have been hard at work getting their message out to you, the voters, despite the challenges of campaigning in a manner which complies with University health and safety regulations. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to look into their platforms and re-watch the virtual Town Hall Q&A on the Student Government YouTube channel to better understand their positions. As we wrote in these pages a week ago, and as the Observer staff has argued, your vote does count, and the leaders you select will be tasked with representing your interests in the student government, to University administration and to the outside world.

In addition to the usual student body elections, the ballot will include a referendum. Through this tool, you can voice your opinion on increasing the number of signatures required for a petition signed by Notre Dame undergraduates to be presented to the Student Senate. The Student Union Constitution currently mandates that a petition with 200 signatures must be brought forward to the Student Senate for mandatory consideration within one week. Consider the arguments for and against increasing that number and vote accordingly to convey to the Senate the opinions of its constituents.

To enumerated members of the Student Union, remember that you still may not publicly endorse any candidate or ticket, but please do cast your vote privately today.

Have a great Election Day, go vote and Go Irish!

In Notre Dame,

Thomas Davis II

junior, Judicial Council President

David Haungs

sophomore, Judicial Council Vice-President of Elections

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