3,275 students cast their vote in TCDSU elections so far

This follows difficulties experienced by students yesterday when using the online voting portal

As of 11:50 am this morning, the Electoral Commision (EC) has told Trinity News, 3,275 students have cast their vote in the upcoming Trinity College Dublin Students Union (TCDSU).

This is an increase from students who first cast their votes before 10 am yesterday, with 1,785 students voting within the first election evening.

This follows difficulties experienced by students yesterday when using the online voting portal. 

Yesterday evening, TCDSU said they were working to smooth difficulties experienced by students casting their ballots online in the first full day of voting for the sabbatical officer elections.

Electoral Commission Chair Yannick Gloster confirmed to Trinity News that “due to a very high level of traffic on the server” at 8pm on Tuesday and again at 12pm yesterday.

Speaking to Trinity News this morning, Gloster said: “The votes are still streaming in at a steady pace. Voting is live until 4pm today and if anyone has any issues please email [email protected] and we will be sure to see to it immediately!”

This year marks the first year when all campaigning and voting for candidates in the election has taken place online due to the ongoing public health crisis.

The election period is due to conclude this evening, with the winners of each race being announced from 6pm. 

6,251 students registered to vote prior to elections in a first for the union, as in previous years in-person voting meant students were not required to register in advance.

Students have the opportunity to vote for six sabbatical officers out of twelve candidates. All races but one are contested.

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.