By Ed Veilleux
The SGA executive will have a new twist with a touch of the old for next year.
The ballots are counted and the results are in for the SGA elections at Laurentian University.
Newly-elected SGA President Andy Rollins, VP Issues Jarrod Shook and returning VP Services Iain Park will make up next year’s executive.
The ballot counting started just after 7 p.m. and, by just after 6:10 a.m., the SGA election officials had counted the eighteenth and final polling station.
In total, 914 people voted, equaling roughly 17.9 per cent of the SGA population. Quorum (the amount of votes needed to make the election results official) for the SGA election is 15 per cent, or roughly 765 votes. Having tallied 914 votes, the election results will stand.
The presidential race heated up with 596 votes counted (13 of the 18 polling stations), as SGA presidential candidate Andy Rollins took a 160-vote lead.
Steve Sutherland, the second presidential candidate, made up some ground when the fourteenth station was counted, closing the gap to 114.
But, in the end, Rollins held on to the lead 460-to-327.
The VP issues race was neck-and-neck right to the end, as Jarrod Shook totaled 253 votes, edging Nathan Knott by 32, and Olivia Coady by 46.
The VP Services race was a landslide victory for incumbent Iain Park, as he took home nearly double the votes of his nearest competitor.
McKenna Elsasser took home top votes for a senator at 406, and never looked back after taking an early lead. Chloe Mirfield took the second senator seat with 364 votes. The third, and final, seat was snatched by Chris MacCulloagh with 318 votes, narrowly edging Sarah Williams (273 votes).
Official final numbers:
FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT:
ROLLINS, ANDY 460
SUTHERLAND, STEVE 327
FOR THE OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT STUDENT ISSUES:
COADY, OLIVIA 207
KIRAGA, JOEY 132
KNOTT, NATHAN GREGORY 221
SHOOK, JARROD 253
FOR THE OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT SERVICES:
DAVIDSON, KIRSTEN 172
LAPLANTE KELSEY 138
LEBLANC, CAROLYN 65
PARK, IAIN 332
SUTTON, TOM 140
FOR THE OFFICE OF SENATOR:
ELSASSER, McKENNA 406
MacCULLOAGH, CHRIS 318
MIRFIELD, CHLOË 364
SYLVESTRE, ALLEN 142
WILLIAMS, SARAH 273
YES 518 – NO 352
914 VOTES COUNTED
The numbers have yet to be validated; these results are unofficial until further validation by the SGA.