Status of 3 referendums remain inconclusive following 2021 ASUC elections

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The status of the Graduate Assembly fee, Student Technology fee and the Daily Cal Initiative is yet to be determined. The ASUC Elections Council will meet April 19 to certify the referendum tabulation results.

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After announcing the passage of all four referendums during Saturday’s preliminary tabulation event, the ASUC Elections Council noted the inconclusive nature of three of the propositions.

In order for a fee referendum to pass, at least 20% of registered students must vote on it and once that threshold is met, a simple majority of voters must approve the fee, according to a UC Berkeley policy regarding campus-based student referendum fees. Abstentions do not count to meet the minimum level of student voters needed.

In light of inconsistencies between ASUC bylaws and campus policies on the weight of abstentions, the Elections Council is working to address these issues before certifying the referendum results, according to an email sent by the council Monday. As of press time, the status of the Graduate Assembly fee, Student Technology fee and the Daily Cal Initiative is yet to be determined.

Election results will be finalized upon certification by both the election and judicial councils, according to the email. The Elections Council will meet April 19 to certify the referendum tabulation results.

“This will all be resolved as soon as possible, but we do ask for your patience as we work to remedy this situation,” the email reads. “We aim to follow policy, and to ensure that the integrity of the ASUC goes uncompromised.”

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Maxine Mouly is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @moulymaxine.