Evelyn Lucero won her bid for student government president by a razor-thin margin of six votes, officials announced today.
A total of 448 votes were cast by students in the election; 227 went to Lucero, the former Associated Student government vice president, and 221 went to Alberto Nunez, a former delegate seeking appointment to the ASG board member.
ASG officials scrutinized the voter rolls after the election was closed at midnight on Thursday and threw out nine ineligible ballots. Four of the voided ballots were from students who had Palomar ID numbers but weren’t enrolled in any classes, two were cast without ID numbers and two votes were made by students who had since dropped all their classes. One was a test ballot cast to check the voting system.
ASG moved to a Palomar-hosted online voting system called SelectSurvey.NET this year after past problems with outsourced polling software. Students were asked to enter their college ID number and eServices password to vote.
Polls opened on Monday at 1 p.m..
Lucero was busy working and unavailable for comment by publication time. (Check back this afternoon for a response from her.)
Nunez has 24 hours to contest the results and ask for a recount. He said he hadn’t decided yet if he wanted to review the stricken ballots.
“The only thing I lost out on is the title,” said Nunez, who is seeking appointment as a senator to the ASG board. He served as a non-voting delegate last semester.