To get the referendum on the ballot, 2,866 fee-paying students had to sign a petition by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
At the deadline, the Board of Elections announced the petition was about 900 signatures short. The Graduate and Professional Student Federation and other interested parties had 24 hours to collect the rest.
On Wednesday night, the Board of Elections announced the petition had missed the required number by two signatures.
“We didn’t believe them,” GPSF President Dylan Russell said.
With no time left and the result already officially certified by the Board of Elections, Russell and the GPSF executive board sprang into action.
“We were so bummed, but we were also determined,” he said.
Verifying petition signatures can be complicated. Small details — an error in the UNC directory, a mistyped PID — can invalidate dozens, even hundreds of signatures.
The GPSF executive team asked for the full list of signatures and stayed up until 3 a.m. reviewing them by hand, Grayson Berger, chairperson of the Board of Elections said.