UM students voted on the new ASUM president and vice president in a three-way race and altered the size and makeup of future senates with a 13% voter turnout.
Taylor Gregory and James Flanagan were elected the next president and vice president of ASUM, respectively, with 51% of the vote. Fellow candidates Cierra Anderson and Christian Pfeifer received 26%, and Morgan Hahn and Emma Kiefer received 20%.
“It’s a surreal feeling,” Gregory said, “I’m really humbled and honored to represent University of Montana students at this time.”
Current ASUM Vice President Ethan Hanley ran unopposed for business manager, which he won with 98% of the vote. All referenda passed regarding ASUM’s constitution, sustainability fee and activity fee.
Total turnout was more than 1,340 out of the student population of more than 10,240, which exceeded the 12% turnout requirement for referenda to pass.
22 senators were elected to the 26-seat senate, including 12 write-in candidates. The threshold for write-in candidates was four votes. Beginning with next year’s election, the revised constitution calls for a proportional senate with at least 20 senators to adjust for lower enrollment.
Fee changes passed with 63% to 70% of the vote, including making ASUM’s $6-per-semester sustainability fee mandatory. Students also approved increasing the ASUM activity fee by $3, from $67 to $70 per semester, with a new half-price option for part-time students taking six credits or less.
The constitutional referenda passed with 80% to 93% of the vote. Changes included creating an appointed senate seat for an incoming freshman and allowing the senate to remove a senator by majority vote for violating the senate’s new confidentiality agreement.
Other referenda will modify the composition of the Publications Board and Board of Member Organizations. They will also change the constitution to improve grammar and readability.
Terms for the new senators and executives begin one week after the election, according to ASUM’s constitution.