Record-high voter turnout among RUC students

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A total of 35.22% RUC students voted in the university elections during election week: the highest university voter turnout in Denmark and the highest since the university board system was introduced in 2003.

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Last year, fewer than one in four RUC students voted in the university elections. This year, it improved to more than one in three, or 35.22% to be precise. Not surprisingly, the Rectorate and the student organisations are quite pleased with the voter turnout.

“It’s an impressive improvement over last year, and it’s a very positive development, because it shows a lot of engagement among RUC students in the institution they are a part of,” said Rector Hanne Leth Andersen, emphasising that the high voter turnout adds to the degree of support behind the students elected to serve in the various university bodies.

Student Council chairman Drude Rohde is also very pleased, in particular because getting students to vote was one of their key goals.

“It’s a fantastic turnout! We’ve devoted a huge amount of time and energy to just getting people to vote, and it worked. We had a target of 35%, and we made it!”

Not completely satisfied

Still, it’s not all perfect for the chairman, although she was elected to the University Board of Directors with the highest number of personal votes ever received in a university election.

“I’m very pleased with this year’s elections, but I won’t be completely satisfied until we reach 100%; well, at least a voter turnout as high as for our parliamentary elections. The higher the turnout, the better,” she said.

Your RUSK reporter couldn’t get in touch with Frit Forum’s chairman Jacob Bjelskov Jørgensen until early Friday afternoon. We had promised not to call him, because, as he texted us: “I’m not quite done celebrating.” Obviously, the Frit Forum folks are more than pleased with this year’s elections, due both to the voter turnout and the election results.

First of all, it shows that people took the elections more seriously this time,” he concluded, before moving on to the second issue:

“And secondly, a closer look at the electoral lists shows that both the ‘Reading Room in Copenhagen’ and ‘Modern Learning’ lists got quite a large number of votes. We now have a duty to act on that. I hope Rector Andersen also finds the time to take a close look at the results.”

A shift in power

In terms of the candidates elected to the various university bodies, the balance of power is more evenly distributed after the 2014 RUC elections. Before the elections, the Student Council held two seats on the Board of Directors and five of six seats on the Academic Council, but the two student organisations now have a seat each on the Board and Frit Forum has two seats on the Academic Council – and came very close to taking a third as well.

Obviously, Drude Rohde had hoped to serve on the Board together with the second Student Council candidate Ask Gudmundsen, but that was not to be, and she now looks forward to working with Frit Forum.

“They’ve won more seats, so we can expect them to contribute more. I look forward to getting to know Morten (Slabiak, ed.),” she said.

Jacob Bjelskov Jørgensen is also looking forward to the new challenge. He’s finished celebrating:

“It’s time to get to work.”

Election facts

2014 university elections at a glance

Frit Forum

  • A seat on the Board (Morten Slabiak)
  • Two seats on the Academic Council (Mathias Lassen and Jacob Bjelskov Jørgensen)
  • A seat on the ISG department council (Mette Knoth)
  • Two seats on the SAM-bach study board (Mathias Lassen and Marie Lundby Spanggård).
  • A seat on the International Studies study board (Sabina Safranova).
  • Two seats on the Social Sciences study board (Rune Dybvad and Marie Lundby Spanggård).

The Student Council

  • A seat on the University Board (Drude Rohde).
  • Four seats on the Academic Council (Therese Cederberg Nielsen, Signe Kaptain, Jacob Jørgensen and Natali Rohde.
  • A seat on the ISG department council (Sofie Nüchel Heggenhougen).
  • Three seats on the International Studies study board (Ask Gudmundsen, Anna Kirkegaard Vaarst and Astrid Jagtvard Schmidt).

Election lists

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