Online: Thomas-Stopka and Kristan-Ali move on in MUSG elections

Candidates Eric Pond and Joe Glass were the other team competing in Wednesday's primary.,”The campaigns of Henry Thomas and Stephanie Stopka, and John Kristan and Shazia Ali will advance to the final elections for Marquette Student Government president and executive vice president, according to election results announced Thursday at 4 p.m.

Candidates Eric Pond and Joe Glass were the other duo competing in Wednesday's primary. Only the top two teams receiving the most votes advance.

The final elections for MUSG president and executive vice president, as well as for senate seats, Residence Hall Association positions and senior speaker candidates, will held online next week. Students can cast their ballots between 12:01 a.m. and 10 p.m. at www.musg.mu.edu/vote on March 25.

Thomas, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Stopka, a junior in the College of Business Administration, received 50.5 percent of the vote, the MUSG Election Committee said.

Kristan and Ali, both juniors in the College of Arts & Sciences, received 37 percent of the vote and Pond and Glass, both juniors in the College of Arts & Sciences, received 12 percent of the vote, according to the election committee.

Pond and Glass were penalized two percent of their votes when the committee ruled they had violated a Residence Life policy on solicitation by distributing campaign information door-to-door in university apartments and residence halls, said MUSG Elections Coordinator Liz Driscoll.

The 12 percent of votes they received was without the added penalty.

Driscoll, a senior in the College of Health Sciences, said they had 24 hours to appeal the ruling, although it would not affect the final outcome of the election.

The eligible votes cast represented 18.5 percent of all eligible voters and was a decline from the 24.4 percent of eligible voters who cast ballots in last year's spring primary, according to the election committee.