A huge number of people voted in this year's sabbatical elections - at least by Imperial standards - with 2,474 individuals casting votes in the Presidential race. A total of 14,872 votes were cast overall, with the most competitive elections attracting the highest turnouts.
In the race for Deputy President (Clubs & Societies) 2,182 votes were cast, no doubt helped by songs, busking and giant refreshers tubes. A surprising 2,079 votes were cast in the competition for Deputy President (Finance & Services), with only Christian Carter against RON. Given Carter's lack of campaigning and relative inexperience in Union hackery, the results may prove to be very interesting indeed. The two Felix candidates attracted 2,089 votes between themselves and RON, while the race for Deputy President (Education & Welfare) attracted 2,038.
NUS delegates have 2,031 votes to split between them, while the student trustees came in last place with 1,979 votes cast.
A total of 13,348 students were eligible to vote, giving a turnout of 18.5% in the Presidential election. In comparison, only 1,656 votes were cast for President last year, with Stephen Brown taking 705 in the final round of counting. John Collins won his election in 2006 with 968 votes out of 1,961 in the final round.
High turnout tends to favour those candidates who have been out campaigning hard and reduces the influence of 'hacks' on the process - anyone could still win!
The elections committee will consider outstanding complaints on tomorrow evening, with the candidates meeting following at 7pm.