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ASUAF Voting issues

Dear Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks,

It was such a great opportunity to serve the students as the Elections Board chair this past spring and I would also like to thank the people who consistently make elections what they are, you the students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

In the Spring 2011 election over 830 students that participated in the past ASUAF election. Voter participation is the most important way of voicing concerns that you have with your student government as well as electing representation to advocate on your behalf. This election would not been possible without your support and willingness to get involved. Your efforts are always greatly appreciated. The Election board and volunteers also did an outstanding job by dedicating their time to ensure that the election took place.  Thank you Ashton Compton, Yuzhun Evanoff, Ryan Good, Haley Hanson, Laura Kosik, and Sabra Phillips for making the event a success.

At the end of the election there were three complaints made by students that have also been recognized concerning the polling stations. The complaints involved students having the ability to scroll down to see the students identifications of other students. This technicality didn’t affect the actually knowing who voted for which candidate. These issues brought up concerns with privacy matters. The relief sought for these complaints were to inform the students and create solutions for future ASUAF elections. Before the next election we have put measures in place to ensure that this is not an on going problem.

Again, thank you for participation and involvement with your student government. We are looking forward to your participation in future elections because we are here to work on your behalf. I would like to encourage you to continue to participate in elections because your concerns matter.

Sincerely,

Robert Kinnard III

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