Eight percenters

Eight percenters

April 08
22:36 2013

The results are in for your 2013 SGA election at UNT, and if you cast your vote wondering what Brown could do for you, you just might be in luck.

The ticket of Zach Brown and Anthony Brown nailed 1,268 votes, coming in slightly under a majority with 48 percent.

For those of you that dread elections and the constant self-promotion and arguments on Facebook and Twitter that always comes with them, 48 percent is bad news.

Without scoring a clear majority, the SGA is forced to hold a runoff election between Brown and his opponent Precious Femi-Ogunyemi, who obtained 37 percent of the votes.

Getting 1,268 votes sounds like a pretty decent accomplishment, and we applaud Brown for his campaigning—but it’s hard to ignore that this number only constitutes 8 percent of students enrolled here.

This is a depressingly low turnout, especially considering that SGA elections are easily completed online in a few minutes, not to mention that you couldn’t check out a UNT-related website, Facebook page or Twitter feed without seeing a few pleas for your vote for the last two weeks.

Sure, two years ago the turnout for these elections only hit 3 percent, but we’re sure a jump of 5 percent doesn’t exactly have the SGA popping champagne.

Young people between the ages of 18 to 29 contributed 19 percent of the vote in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, so UNT’s student body is doing pretty bad by comparison.

You might be sick of it by now, but the pervasive electioneering from SGA candidates on this campus and on your Facebook wall is all going to come charging back into your life, minus one set of candidates, until the runoff takes place. So why not get this thing over with?

After all, the SGA throws around a decent amount of cash—about a quarter million if their last budget is any indication.

If you’d like that money to go towards something you actually want to see at this school, go spend five minutes reading the SGA site and figure it out for yourself.

Because really, 8 percent may not be 3 percent, but it’s still kind of sad. Get it together, guys.

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