Pitzer Student Senate announces spring election results; low voter turnout

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Pitzer Student Senate announced its spring election results Feb. 13. (Talia Bernstein • The Student Life)

Pitzer Student Senate recently announced results from it’s mid-semester elections. Turnout was down from similar elections in spring 2019. 

Campus-wide voter turnout was only 15 percent, according to election results published by the Senate Feb. 13. 

Those elected included Lily Fillwalk PZ ’22 for vice president of external affairs; Owen Keiser PZ ’22 for vice president of internal affairs; Thyra Herrmann PZ ’21 as an environmental representative; and members of the Academic Planning Committee and Campus Aesthetics Committee: Iris Shi PZ ’21 and Alice Shi PZ ’23 respectively. 

In spring 2019, according to previous TSL coverage, mid-semester turnout was 18.35%.

“I think we can definitely improve our turnout,” Becca Zimmerman PZ ’21, who was appointed to the Curriculum Committee, said via email. “It’s about getting our students to feel like Senate is a place where their voice can be both heard and amplified.”

The spring election “serve[s] to fill vacancies,” according to the Senate website. An executive board election and general election will take place later in the semester.

Correction: A previous version of this article mentioned and compared these results to to results from the end-of-semester Senate elections from Spring 2018 and 2019, rather than mid-semester elections. TSL regrets this error.


This article was last updated Feb. 27 at 9:39 p.m.

This article was updated Feb. 21 at 12:30 a.m.

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