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Election excitement

Candidates look forward to today's vote

by Dannie Higginbotham

Issue date: 04/07/09 Section: Campus News
The Minnesota State Student Association elections are today and presidential and vice presidential candidates are excited to see what will happen.

"I feel prepared because I've been going out and talking to a lot of people," said presidential candidate Murtaza Rajabali of Mavericks Stand Tall. "I've definitely tried as much as possible."

Rajabali and his running mate, Bob Dooley, said they visited the dorms but will still try to see if there are more people they can meet and talk to today.

"We think posters are the smallest part of the campaign," Dooley said. "We've talked to 20 RSOs [Recognized Student Organizations] and gone to the dorms. The flyers just remind people to vote."

"When people know more about you, they're more likely to vote," Dooley said. "Posters don't vote."

Brett Carpenter, the presidential candidate for Lead MSU, said he was excited for the election to finally take place.

"I've had more fun with this than anybody," he said.

Carpenter said he expects a high voter turnout.

"With the budget situation students are anxious to make sure their classes are preserved," Carpenter said. "I think they also like our tense opposition to the alcohol policy."

Rajabali and Dooley expect turnout to be less than last year because of a new policy that doesn't let candidates go around with laptops trying to get people to vote. Instead, students will have to go to a voting station or other computer to cast their vote.

"We're still expecting a decent amount of people," Rajabali said.

Dooley said he wasn't too surprised that the Reporter endorsed himself for vice president and Carpenter for president, but he wasn't sure it will happen that way.

"I don't think people will vote across party lines," Dooley said. "If it does, we'll see how powerful the Reporter is."

Rajabali said he believes his method of using personal contact was a strong one.

"Personal contact speaks more than any other poster or newspaper can speak," Rajabali said.

Dannie Higginbotham is the Reporter assistant news editor