Homecoming Court votes hit highest with 1,670

Homecoming Court votes hit highest with 1,670

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It wasn’t exactly Obama vs. Romney, but that 2012 Homecoming election attracted a record 1,670 voters last week as students determined this year’s Homecoming King and Queen.

Homecoming candidates spent the last few weeks lobbying for their vote either in person, or through Facebook.

Students voted for Homecoming king and queen on Oct. 22-23 through their Collegiate Link, found on their Blue and Gold account.

“Well, voter turnout for Homecoming has always been very high,” said Sarah Schwandt, Student Government As- sociation (SGA) president. “It’s some- thing students get really into.”

Though the vote count only amounted to approximately a fourth of the total student body enrolled on campus, it was the biggest turnout TAMUK has had in recent years, she said.

“This was the highest turnout we have had in recent years,” Schwandt said.

The jump in votes is partially due to the campaigning efforts of the

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homecoming candidates, as they spent the last few weeks lobbying for their vote either in person or through Facebook.

“Candidates spend a lot of time and energy campaigning,” said Schwandt.

Schwandt said the turnout also coincides with TAMUK’s highest enrollment in decades.

“[The voting turnout] makes sense, since enrollment increased,” she said.

To put the turnout of 1,670 in perspective,

Schwandt said that last year’s votes did not even break the 1,000 mark.

Fares Sabawi
Managing Editor