The voting period for this year’s Students’ Union elections has closed, with voter turnout dropping by 9%.

After a final push in the last 24 hours, a total of 7,914 votes were cast, giving a final turnout of 23.2%.

The final published vote count for the 2016 elections was 10,743.

This year, around 28% of Undergraduates cast their ballots, while only 9% of Postgraduates voted.

The School of Geography provided the best turnout among subjects, with 45% of Geographers casting their vote.

Roughly 50% of those living in Lincoln Hall and the Sutton Bonington Houses turned out to vote, while Nightingale, Southwell, and Lenton and Wortley all broke the 40% mark.

“The release of these figures follows the close of nine hectic days of campaigning”

The release of these figures follows the close of nine hectic days of campaigning, culminating tonight at the East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC), where the results will be revealed.

Naomi Adele Batley, Welfare Officer candidate, told Impact: “Campaign week was intense and crazy but one of the greatest experiences ever”.

“I have loved getting to know the other candidates over the past week, they are all amazing,” she added.

Results will be announced from 7.30pm tonight.

Ben Lewis

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