Low voter turn-out at fall referendum

All fees pass but CFRC’s

Fall 2006 referendum results.
Fall 2006 referendum results.

Less than 12 per cent of undergraduate students voted Nov. 7 and 8 in the fall referendum.

AMS chief returning officer Ilana Ludwin said at least seven voting hours were lost Tuesday due to a campus power outage. Because of the low voter turn-out, all fees had to have a 60 per cent majority to pass. Despite this obstacle, all passed except CFRC’s $0.75 mandatory fee increase.

Sayyida Jaffer, CFRC operations officer, said had there been a higher voter turn-out the station’s fee would have passed because they received 52 per cent of voters’ support.

Jaffer added that the referendum was an effective awareness campaign for the station, and will help its January fundraising drive. CFRC won’t be appealing the results, despite the lost voting hours.

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