Screams from the Unite Party were followed by chants of "No fee!" from the Student Alliance party at the Orange & Brew Thursday morning.
The Unite Party won a majority once again, claiming the executive ticket and 29 of the 49 available Senate seats.
The Student Alliance party grabbed 20 Senate seats, including eight graduate seats, the architecture seat, three engineering seats, the nursing seat, the fine arts seat and six seats form the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Unite Party presidential and vice presidential candidates got 5,376 votes and the Student Alliance Party received 3,921 votes.
During fall's election, the two minority parties won a total of three seats.
Supervisor of Elections Ariana Alfonso announced the results of the Student Government spring elections early Thursday morning.
About 130 members of the Unite Party and about 45 members of the Student Alliance party anxiously awaited the results at the Orange & Brew.
Alfonso said 9,775 students voted during the election. About 9,800 students voted in the spring 2009 election.
Ashton Charles was elected as the new Student Body president, Marcus Dixon was elected as Student Body vice president and Virlany Taboada will hold the position of Student Body treasurer.
“I’m just so honored to be able to represent the students of the University of Florida, and I’m just so proud to be a Gator,” Charles said.
Charles’ parents were there to support her when the results were announced.
Lona Vuskovich, Charles’ mom, said her heart was going crazy.
“It was worth it all,” she said. “All the work paid off."
Ben Meyers, Unite Party spokesman, said he was pleased Unite won a majority of the seats.
“It’s gonna be a great year,” he said.
Although Unite gained the majority of the Senate seats, members of the Student Alliance party cheered when Alfonso announced that 56 percent of students voted against a fee to cover the repair of the Reitz Union and 55 percent voted against a fee to cover the expansion of the Reitz Union.
They grouped together by the Reitz Union amphitheatre and shouted “No fee, no fee.”
Cavataro, who hugged Charles after the announcement of her victory, said he was disappointed with the results but still proud of the 20 Senate seats his party won and the vote against the fees.
“That's a Gator revolution,” he said.
Charles said the Reitz fee represents something students have voted against, and she wants to make sure to represent them.
Students voted in favor of an amendment that will update the Student Body Constitution, and 79 percent of students voted for UF to join the Workers Rights Consortium, which works to correct labor violations in factories that make clothing with university logos.
Campaigners braved the rain Wednesday in a last-minute attempt to get students to vote. Members of both parties offered their umbrellas to passing students.
When the polls closed at 8 p.m., about 75 members of the Unite Party headed over to The Swamp Restaurant while about 11 members of the Student Alliance party went to Mother’s Pub & Grill.
Charles arrived with her mom, stepdad and younger brother at about 10:30 p.m. Her mom has been in Gainesville since Monday and made cookies for all the party volunteers.
At Mother’s Pub & Grill, members of the Student Alliance party snacked on $2 burgers and sweet potato fries. Some drank Red Stripe and Pabst Blue Ribbon, but many Student Alliance party hopefuls were at home resting before heading to the Orange & Brew.
The Student Alliance party trickled into the seating area outside the Orange & Brew beginning at 11:20 p.m.. They smoked cigars and, wearing their green T-shirts, chanted “Green means go.”
The Unite Party came at about 11:40 p.m. chanting “U-N-I-T-E,” with Meyers in the lead, wearing his lucky shorts despite the cold.
Alfonso said that the election was a smooth one overall, despite concerns over double-voting. She said the election commission will look into double voting by the end of the week.
“It was raining a little bit today[Wednesday],” Alfonso said. “I think that hurt us.”
Andrew Brown, chair of the Election Commission, said there were five election complaints filed as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, and he anticipates more will be filed. He said the election commission will be meeting on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in room 287 of the Reitz Union.