I could name a bazillion reasons why your voting rights matter, but you know the drill.
While there are fewer candidates in this year’s SFUO elections than last, there is stellar representation of women candidates!
Voter turnout is generally, well, sad at the University of Ottawa (2010: 21.7% with e-voting, 2009: 27.2% with e-voting, 2008: 12.2% with paper ballots).
This year we have the chance to re-claim student elections and government – a clean and fair election may be just along the riverbend!
So, let’s kick some voter turnout statistic butt this year!
Read below for info on how to vote and take some time today and tomorrow to chat with friends about candidates and check out their platforms.
HOW DO I VOTE?
This year, you can vote only by paper ballot (no electronic voting). Polling stations will be set-up in the University Centre and at various campus locations including SITE, Tabaret and Desmarais (see the full list here).
You can vote between 10AM to 7PM on:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
*Don’t forget your student card!*
WHO DO I VOTE FOR?
Well, this part you need to figure out on your own! Though this may help you navigate…:
You will be voting for student representatives on 4 elected bodies. Note that you will be asked to vote YES or NO if a seat is uncontested:
– The Board of Governors (BOG)
- You vote for ONE volunteer representative for all undergrad students every 2 years!
- VIEW BOG CANDIDATES & PLATFORMS
– The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO)
- You vote for a representative for all undergrads in 6 positions : President, VP Finance, VP University Affairs, VP Student Affairs, VP Communications, VP Social (these are fulltime paid jobs on a 1-year contract).
- VIEW SFUO CANDIDATES & PLATFORMS
– The Senate
- You vote for 1 volunteer Senator to represent your faculty for one year.
- VIEW SENATE CANDIDATES & PLATFORMS
– The Board of Administrators (BOA)
- You vote for your volunteer faculty representatives (# varies/faculty) for one year.
- VIEW BOA CANDIDATES & PLATFORMS
To learn what each representative body and student does, view our last 2 blog posts!