Only 320 votes were cast in the West Virginia University Staff Council election in May, council members noted at Wednesday’s meeting at the Coliseum.

More than 3,000 classified employees were eligible to participate in the election, said Barbara Bodkins and Jim Morris, two human resources representatives who helped administer the election.

Of the 320 votes, 242 were submitted by e-ballot and 78 were cast by paper ballot. Electronic ballots were sent to WVU classified employees via a listserv email. Paper ballots were available at various polling places on campus and at the WVU Human Resources office.

Jo Morrow, a senior administrative secretary in WVU s College of Business and Economics, was elected chair in May along with various other council representatives. Morrow will serve a two-year term beginning on July 1. She will also represent staff as a WVU Board of Governors representative.

Though votes were low, numbers increased slightly since previous elections, HR representatives noted. In 2007, 232 votes were cast and in 2005, there were only 140 votes.

Current Staff Council chair Terry Nebel encouraged the council to get the word out about e-ballots by creating a link to cast electronic ballots on the University’s human resources Web site. Council member Paul Martinelli suggested a forum where staff council candidates could address classified employees and express their views.

WVU Staff Council provides a means for classified staff employees to convey their concerns on employee-employer relations. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month in the Jerry West Mountaineer Room at the Coliseum.

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5/21/09