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The UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) Associated Students (AS) Winter Special Election is currently live. All UCSB undergraduate students can cast their votes online until Thursday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m.
In order for the election to be valid, a four percent voter turnout is required. As of Wednesday, there are 1,551 undergraduate students that voted online, which currently puts the voter turnout to 6.84 percent.
The Associated Students Election Board opened applications for the position of Associated Student President in November 2020, after former elected AS President Daevionne Beasley resigned from his position back in October. Since his resignation, Internal Vice President Tianna White stepped up and is serving as the interim AS president until elections are complete.
There are currently two candidates for the president position: Carlos “Andy” Ruiz and Lea Toubian. Both candidates are running as Independent. Carlos “Andy” Ruiz is a fourth-year sociology major, pursuing a double-minor in feminist studies and education. Lea Toubian is a fourth year, pursuing a double major in political science and environmental studies.