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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Students who want to run for Student Senate can still slate with the Students Party until Friday.

Parties are allowed to choose up to 50 candidates each semester to represent them in Student Body elections, according to Supervisor of Elections Toni Megna.

Although the Students Party slated all 37 of its applicants, party members may choose to interview and slate more candidates until Friday. Slating closed Tuesday.

The Unite Party slated 50 candidates, and six students are running as independent candidates. Five of the independent candidates interviewed with the Unite Party but were not slated, Megna said. They were able to pick up papers to run independently at a mandatory meeting Wednesday.

Neither party has released its platform yet. Unite Party spokeswoman Christina Bonarrigo said party members will take students' ideas on a chalkboard at Turlington Plaza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Students Party Communications Director Carly Wilson said students can email her at carly@ufstudents.org with platform suggestions or to ask about slating with the Students Party.

Students will be able to vote Sept. 27 and 28 according to where they live, on- or off-campus. Graduate and full-time undergraduate students can vote electronically at any of the 10 on-campus voting locations.

Students who are unable to vote on campus may apply for an absentee ballot on which they must indicate why they won't be able to vote in late September.

Megna said students should have a legitimate reason to request an absentee ballot.

"We've tried to make it super easy for them to come in and vote anywhere on campus," she said.

Absentee ballots can be found at sg.ufl.edu, and they must be turned in to the supervisor of elections office by mail, fax or by hand by Friday.

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