On the afternoon of February 15th, I opened my Redlands email to find that I had not received the “Vote: ASUR President 2016-2017” email. After checking my spam folder and still finding no election email, I contacted Denise Davis who put in me contact with Brandi Veigh. Upon their investigation, I was told that,
“According to our data, from this email, you’d previously opted out of receiving messages from our SurveyMonkey account. If you provide me with an alternative email, I can generate another link for you.”
I did so; but this raised concerns for me. After speaking with multiple peers, I discovered that I was not alone in this issue.
In my opinion, the fact that my opting out of an independent online service–an action I don’t even remember doing–can stop me from receiving an email of this importance is not a valid excuse. Fortunately, I was able to catch the mistake and take the initiative to correct it. But what about those who did not? How many voter voices were inadvertently silenced due to this error?
This is an answer we will never know. And for this reason, I am asking for a recall of the current election results and a revamping of the current election system that ensures that every student voice has an equal opportunity to vote.