A total of 6,251 students have registered to vote prior to the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) sabbatical elections, confirmed current Education Officer Megan O’Connor on Twitter.
This year saw the first fully virtual SU campaign and election period, during which all candidates’ campaigns took place solely online and all student votes are to be cast online. This year also marked the first year when students were required to register to vote prior to the start of elections.
Speaking to Trinity News, Electoral Commission Chair Yannick Gloster stated that “there’s nothing better than the numbers themselves”.
“We’ve seen a huge turnout in registration which out performs all SU elections in recent history. Online voting is making students engaging with the union super accessible and this is all made possible by us using EVIABI, the online voting platform we use.”
Voting commenced on Tuesday night following the conclusion of the final hustings of the campaign season, and will run until Thursday.