ASNMU ballot opens this week, allows students to voice their opinions

The Associated Students of NMU (ASNMU) ballot will be available for students to vote on beginning Wednesday, April 10 at 8 a.m. The ballot will be sent to student emails on Wednesday morning and will contain several links, including the link to vote and links to more information about the ballot items. 

Voting will be open to students until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, with election results expected to be shared around 6 p.m. on the same day. 

Included on this year’s ballot are elections for the executive roles of president and vice president, general representative roles, College of Arts and Sciences representatives, Referendum 1 and Referendum 2. 

Referendum 1 is the proposed increase to the Student Activity Fee, which has garnered much attention across campus this semester as it would allow more funding for student organizations. That includes six student organizations, including The North Wind, Northern Arts and Entertainment (NAE), Northern Michigan Artist Discovery (NOMAD), Special Events Committee and Campus Cinema.

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“A lot of stuff is at stake, especially for the student organizations,” said Gwen Feamster, ASNMU president. 

Students running for ASNMU executive and representative roles have also been promoting the elections recently. 

“I know all of the people running for positions are passionate and ready, they have been campaigning pretty intensely the past week or so,” Feamster said. 

The voting process itself is a simple and efficient process for students.

“It is really easy, it takes thirty seconds, and it is a good way to make sure that you know who is advocating for you,” Feamster said. 

ASNMU has created social media accounts to spread awareness about the upcoming elections and additional information can be found on their website.

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