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Published March 10, 2011, 08:52 PM

Record Low Turnout for UND Student Government Election

Voting numbers for the student government election at the University of North Dakota are at an all time low. Initial numbers show only 865 students cast their vote for student leaders, a drastic change from last year's numbers which were near 3,000.

Voting numbers for the student government election at the University of North Dakota are at an all time low.

Initial numbers show only 865 students cast their vote for student leaders, a drastic change from last year's numbers which were near 3,000.

The elections chair says students may not have found this year's election interesting. Unlike last year, almost all candidates ran uncontested. Only two candidates had opponents.

She says a heated race helps hype up the election.

"When you have more people running, you have more people with their friends running. Then you have a spider web of a network going on," elections chair Jackie DeMolee said.

While official results won't be released until after spring break, unofficial results show Kylie Oversen and Nathan Elness were elected President and Vice President.

Oversen, a Killdeer, ND, native, has served in Student Government as a senator for two years. β€œIt was a good experience for the both of us,” Oversen said. β€œI made the decision to run [for president] long before our campaign was announced. The hard part was finding a running mate.”

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