No results have yet been issued in the Advisory Neighborhood Council 2E elections as the District Board of Elections continues to count absentee and special ballot votes. Kendyl Clausen (SFS ’16) and Reed Howard (SFS ’17) campaigned for the two student commissioner positions as write-in candidates.

Clausen is running to represent District 4 of ANC 2E including New South, Southwest Quad, Village A, Village C West and the Jesuit Residence, and Howard is running to represent District 8, which includes Nevils, Alumni Square, Copley Hall, Harbin Hall, Village C East, Darnall Hall and Henle Village.

Neither gained enough signatures over the summer to officially file for candidacy before the November election, requiring supporters to write in the candidates’ names on the ballot. No candidates appeared on the ballot for the two districts.

As of Thursday, the District Board of Elections reported on its official website that in District 4, two write-in votes had been cast, while District 8 had seen nine write-in votes. Clausen clarified that this did not encompass the totality of the votes cast in the region.

“Not all the votes of our district have been counted. Anybody who registered same day (which for my district, would be the majority of people) was given a special ballot. If you look at the DCBOE results, you’ll see that none of the special ballots have been counted yet,” Clausen wrote in an email to The Hoya.

Even after all the ballots are counted, the candidates will not officially be declared the winners immediately. DCBOE Media Relations Officer Denise Toliver explained that, because there were no candidates filed in the two districts, anyone who received a write-in vote would have seven days to fill out a form to file official candidacy. Of the people who file for candidacy, the candidate with the most write-in votes at this stage will then be declared the winner.

“There is no candidate filed with the board. Say I wrote my name in, you wrote your name in, and Carol Schwartz wrote her name in. If I were the only one who filed for candidacy, I would automatically be the winner,” Toliver said.

Craig Cassey (COL ’15), the outgoing District 4 commissioner, noted that in 2012, when he was elected, the Board of Elections did not announce the results until Nov. 23, two-and-a-half weeks after the Nov. 6 election.

“Given that it’s not a presidential election, it’s a smaller election; one to two weeks doesn’t seem unreasonable,” Cassey said.

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