Smiling election gods give students a second chance to get involved


On Thursday, democracy did a crazy thing. The Student Government election for executive alliance resulted in a runoff election between Braydon Jones and Kimia Dargahi and Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu.  

The Jones-Dargahi alliance received 46.34 percent of the student vote, less than the outright majority needed to win, and Rotnofsky-Mandalapu received 26.9 percent. According to Nicholas Molina, Election Supervisory Board chair, 9,108 votes were cast in the election, an increase of 14 percent in voter turnout over last spring. 

This means two things: one, that this spring's election season — most likely due to Rotnofsky-Mandalapu's participation — has attracted nontraditional voters; and two, that the gods have granted UT's voters a second chance to get involved and take an active role in deciding who gets to be student body president and vice president. If you didn't vote this week, now is your chance. 

Every vote matters. Take the time to read about each candidate and make an informed decision. Even voting for a friend is better than nothing at all. I challenge each and everyone of us to cast a vote next week. 

Berkeley is an associate editor.