Contact: Brea Watts, 408-924-6264
San Jose, Calif.— In 2012, only three percent of the entire student body participated in student elections, or a meager 983 students. If this rate continues in 2013, only three percent of all San Jose State students will be deciding much more than who will take a seat on the next Associated Students’ Board of Directors.
What makes 2013 more critical than previous years is students will decide whether SJSU will become a smoke-free campus. Additionally, students will decide whether to approve three proposed fee increases totaling $11, a decision the current Associated Students board wants to leave up to the entire student body. It has been 12 years since student government has proposed an increase to its fellow students.
The board’s message is simple: Don’t let three percent decide. Get out and VOTE!! Students can learn about the candidates, the smoking initiative and the fee referenda on the ballot this year at the open forums, debates and events scheduled April 2-4. Voting begins April 8 and ends the morning of April 10. The final voting results will be announced that afternoon.
Check out the Voter Information Guide, available at Student Involvement in Clark Hall, at the Associated Students House, and online on the Student Elections Commission website.