Reaction to Student Politics
To cap of this politically charged week, a reaction to politics at the University of Glasgow. Yeah, straight into the trash. I’ve heard unverified rumors that the University of Glasgow has one of the lowest numbers of political participation in student politics of all the Universities in the UK. The number that someone once tossed into the air was 18% of the student body.
As examples of this lull in voter turnout and participation, I offer some election results from the March ’09 elections for the position of SRC President, who, as head of the Council which represents every single student at the University, well, represents every single student at the University. The post is a 1 year sabbatical job. As it’s an important representative job, one would assume a large number of students would cast their vote.
Nope. Just 1050 students used their right to vote, out of 23,590 (according to Wikipedia). That’s a mere 4.45% of the student body. Another sign of political apathy may be demonstrated by the fact that the eventual winner of the SRC Presidential race ran unopposed, which might also explain the low low turnout. (Her campaign poster was in Monday’s photo.)
For the record, I’m a (soon-to-be) 2nd Year Politics student at the University of Glasgow, and elections are an interest of mine, and I think something needs to be done to increase voter turnout.
How does one increase turnout?
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