SU candidates wary of losing Law students’ votes

— Law students must vote in either Quinn during the day or Newman in the evening
— No evening polling to take place on first day of voting

UCD Law students will not be able to cast votes in the new Sutherland School of Law during this year’s UCD Students’ Union (SU) elections. Instead, Law students will have to place their votes in the Quinn School of Business on the second day of polling, Thursday April 3rd, between 9.30am and 5.15pm, or in the Newman Building between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on the same day.

There will also be no polling taking place in the Newman Building at all during the first day of the elections, Wednesday April 2nd. Traditionally, all faculties have been allowed to vote in the Newman Building in the evenings of both days of polling in order to accommodate those who are unable to vote during the day.

Voting for the UCDSU elections will take place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, with the votes expected to be counted on Friday. Students of the Business Postgraduate, Architecture or Engineering faculties are the only ones who will be permitted to vote on the first day of polling.

Welfare and Equality Officer hopeful and fourth year Law student, Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry, has claimed that the decision to take polling out of the Sutherland School of Law “has no basis in logic”.

Meanwhile, Amy Fox, who is also a fourth year Law student and is running for the position of Undergraduate Education Officer, has described the decision as a disappointment. “Last year marked one of the lowest voter turnouts for UCDSU elections and over the past year, the Union have placed a huge emphasis on greatly improving this year’s turnout… Surely the best way to encourage voting is to ensure the opportunity is available in all buildings.”

In reference to last year’s low turnout, McKinney-Perry said that, “surely reducing polling times and completely disenfranchising an entire portion of the student body is contrary to that aim [of increasing voter numbers]. The Returning Officer made the decision on the basis that Quinn is right beside Sutherland but by that rationale so is the Engineering Building or the Newman Building.

“After speaking with the Students’ Union President Mícheál Gallagher, the decision to reduce the polling times is not a financial one. It was made solely by the Returning Officer and it is a decision I am very disappointed with. The precedent is there that Law students were able to vote in their building which previously was Roebuck but now with the new Sutherland School, there is a lot more space to set up a polling station so this decision has no basis in logic.”

UCDSU Returning Officer, Morgan Shelley, could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.

Clean Bandit set to headline UCD Ball

The full line-up for this year’s UCD Ball has been confirmed by UCD Ents. Acts set to perform at the O2 on the 25th of April include, Clean Bandit, Katy B, Laidback Luke, and Le Galaxie.

This is the second year that the UCD Ball will be held at the O2 on the final day of term. Tickets for the event are priced at €40 and will be available in the SU shop below the James Joyce library at 11am on Monday the 24th of March, with a facility for purchasing the tickets online coming soon.

UCD Ents made the announcement through a YouTube video this evening, which is viewable here