News in Brief: ASUC General Election results to be tabulated beginning at 7 p.m.





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Tabulations to determine the results of the 2011 ASUC General Election will be held Thursday in the space formerly occupied by the Naia Lounge in Lower Sproul Plaza.

Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., the tabulations will tally all the votes cast in the election, eliminating candidates who do not meet the thresholds of the ranked-choice system and revealing the winners in real time.

According to Elections Council Chair Shivom Sinha, the council also had to input 163 paper ballots into the software. He said the paper ballots were used when online voting at some stations was taken down temporarily, specifically at Dwinelle Hall where use of power to run the polling station was disrupted briefly by the campus.

Though tabulations have been held closer to the end of the elections in the past, Sinha said Thursday was the best time the campus could provide that was also at a reasonable hour to hold the event. He added that the extra time has allowed the council to be especially careful with its preparations.

"In my opinion, I don't think it's that much later," Sinha said. "It's better we take every single precaution possible before running the tabulations."

Additionally, Attorney General Nathan Rahmanou said in an email that only one additional election bylaws violation - an allegation of campaigning within the residence halls - has prompted an investigation, though he said it does not appear to be significant.

He added that to his knowledge, the Student Action and CalSERVE parties did not hold a meeting - that has typically occurred in years passed - to discuss violations accumulated over the elections season and determine how many to pursue.

"The 2011 elections are looking remarkably clean - likely the cleanest they have been in recent history," Rahmanou said in the email.






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