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A Historic Election for Bishop Reding & What You Need to Know Before You VOTE

Updated: Oct 23



By Richa Bhandari and Ashvini Giridaran


With the 2020 U.S. presidential election only 12 days away now, the air down South is electric with anticipation, excitement and anxiety.


It is important to remark though, that a similar atmosphere of excitement has settled over a community much closer to home, as the Bishop Reding student body itself prepares to head to the (virtual) polls tomorrow morning, in electing the 2020-2021 Student Council.


This election at BR is historic for many reasons. For one, this is the first year that a campaign season in the sunny Spring, with students bustling through the poster-covered walls full of promises for the next school year, has been replaced with a more subdued and virtual Autumnal election.


This year, students are to elect a council for the present school year into place. This in itself, has brought about many key changes: for the first time, the position of Grade 9 Representative will be elected not applied, and students in Grade 12 will get to participate in voting.


The trademark paper ballots handed out at the start of class first period, have been swapped for an electronic voting system which students will access at the start of class tomorrow, through the Student Council Elections webpage.


Typically, the casting of ballots was almost always followed by a sense of restless anticipation, waiting for the final council to be announced over the intercom during fourth-period class. This year, however, that sense of expectation will be prolonged until Monday, on which the final council will be announced during morning announcements at 9:50 am as well as on social media (@brscouncil) and the MySchoolDayApp.


The mechanics of actually voting this year are not the only significant change. Campaigning, for candidates, has become a new ball game entirely.


Like previous years, candidates will have to submit a video to help with their campaign, however, a key difference is the absence of posters (and once, a banner) lining the hallways and piazza staircase of Bishop Reding. Additionally, there will be no live speech or commentary by candidates prior to presenting their videos to a cafeteria full of students. Instead, this year’s videos, which are up now, can be viewed via the @brscouncil elections webpage or through the link in their IG bio along with a self-submitted headshot of each candidate applying for the various positions.


Although the election will not be held in person, this shouldn’t discourage you from voting! Make sure you cast your vote in, to ensure that you’re being properly represented within the Student Council. Voting begins online on Friday, October 22nd, between 8:30 AM to 2:45 PM. Make sure you check out @brscouncil for more details!





Here’s what you need to know about who you'll be voting for tomorrow:


For Grade 9s

  • Voting for two Grade 9 Representatives

  • Voting for one Jr. PR Representative (with the Grade 10s)

  • Voting for two presidential candidates (with all other grades)

  • Voting for Arts Rep (with all other grades)


For Grade 10s

  • Voting for two Grade 10 Representatives

  • Voting for one Jr. PR Representative (with the Grade 9s)

  • Voting for two presidential candidates (with all other grades)

  • Voting for Arts Rep (with all other grades)


For Grade 11s

  • Voting for two Grade 11 Representatives

  • Voting for one Sr. PR Representative (with the Grade 12s)

  • Voting for two presidential candidates

  • Voting for Arts Rep (with all other grades)


For Grade 12s

  • Voting for one Sr. PR Representative (with the Grade 11s)

  • Voting for two presidential candidates (with all other grades)

  • Voting for Arts Rep (with all other grades)


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