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          COC elections show low turnout

          Results come down to matter of few votes

          Tiffany Oliver

          Issue date: 4/9/10 Section: News
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          Although voter turnout was again low, elections for class officers were extremely close: Hersh Varma defeated Zac Wilkins for Class of 2011 president by two votes.
          Although voter turnout was again low, elections for class officers were extremely close: Hersh Varma defeated Zac Wilkins for Class of 2011 president by two votes.
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          Despite low voter turnout, the Class Officer Collective held their annual elections last week for officer positions for the classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Most positions had only one student running, some races had two candidates, the 2012 vice president race featured three candidates, and the 2013 treasurer race had four candidates.

          Overall, 978 students voted, and only freshmen, sophomores and juniors were eligible to vote. The voter turnout was slightly higher than that of the USG elections last week, although not by much.

          While an improvement, many on campus remained rather apathetic about the elections, and chose not to vote. Brian Link, the newly elected vice president for the class of 2011, "was disappointed to learn that there was only about 30 percent participation."

          The low voter turnout is nothing new to Case Western Reserve University, as less than 30 percent of students voted in the USG election, and voting referendums rarely attract more than 30 percent of students. Even national presidential elections typically attract only 50 to 55 percent of eligible voters.

          "A more likely explanation (for low voter turnout) is that the general student body does not really know or care what COC does," remarked Link.

          One voter, Didi Mamaligas, shared her views on the COC elections. "I think the COC doesn't have much power," she said. "For example, I have no idea what they do for the student body. Really, the only reason I voted was to keep people out, not necessarily that I cared who won."

          The 2011 presidential race between Hersh Varma and Zac Wilkins was extremely close, as Varma won by a two-vote margin, 162-160. Brian Link won the vice presidency with 62.58 percent of the vote, beating Wonyong Shim by 25.16 points. David Carter received 75.33 percent of the votes in the treasurer race while opponent Steven Lee received 24.67 percent. Christy Surace ran unopposed for secretary.
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