ASU

Acadia Students' Union Elections

Each year, the Acadia Students' Union (ASU) runs a General Election and a Fall By-Election for positions on the Students' Representative Council (SRC).

Below, you will find information regarding the 2019-2020 ASU elections.

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GENERAL ELECTION

HAPPY GENERAL ELECTION SEASON!

We've got an exciting election ahead. See below for important dates and information!

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Executive Roles

  • President (1)
  • Vice President Academic & External (1)
  • Vice President Events & Promotions (1)
  • Vice President Finance & Operations (1)
  • Vice President Student Life (1)

Senators

  • Arts Senator (1)
  • Professional Studies Senator (1)
  • Pure & Applied Science Senator (1)

Representatives

  • Councillor at Large (2)
  • Community Relations Representative (1)
  • Sustainability Representative (1)

*Please note that the Theology Senator and Graduate Studies Senator are elected through their own departments, not the General Election

Find position descriptions and important information HERE

NOMINATION PERIOD:

The nomination period is the timeframe for students who want to run in the election submit their nomination forms. Candidates fill out the General Election nomination form and submit it by the the closing of the nomination period to be considered an eligible candidate in the election.

Nominations Open: January 21, 2020 at 8:30am

Nominations Close: January 31, 2020 at 4:30pm

ALL CANDIDATES MEETINGS:

The All-Candidates Meeting is a mandatory meeting for all those running in the election prior to the beginning of the campaign period where the CRO and/or DCRO discuss rules, timeline, introduce candidates and answer questions.

Meeting: Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5:00pm in the Michener Lounge (SUB)

CAMPAIGNING PERIOD:

The campaigning period is the timeframe for candidates to run a campaign, promote themselves and show the student body what you've got!

Campaigning Begins: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 8:30am

Campaigning Ends: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 4:30pm

ALL CANDIDATES DEBATE:

The All Candidates Debate is an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves to the student body, answer formal and informal questions, and share your platform points.

Debate: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 6:00pm in the Michener Lounge (SUB)

VOTING DAYS:

The Voting Days are the students' opportunity to vote on who they want for each position and vote on any referendums. Voting is done online. Links are sent to all students' emails!

Voting Begins: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 8:30am

Voting Ends: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 4:30pm

RESULTS:

Results of the election are announced publicly via email and ASU socials.

Results: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 5:00pm

REFERENDUMS

FIRST REFERENDUM

ACT OF INCORPORATION QUESTION

RATIFIED BY SRC NOVEMBER, 2019

Do you support the adoption, by the legislature of the Province of Nova Scotia, of the proposed Acadia Students’ Union Act, including any amendments made to the proposed Act by the Legislature of the Province of Nova Scotia, which shall repeal and replace an Act to Incorporate Acadia Students’ Union (1967)?

  YES   NO

Note: a majority vote is required to pass this referendum

ABOUT: This referendum aims to update old documents as recommended by the Province.

 

SECOND REFERENDUM

AMENDMENT TO ASU CONSTITUTION QUESTION

RATIFIED BY SRC NOVEMBER, 2019

Do you support an amendment to Article I Section 4 (h) of the ASU Constitution that would read as follows:

A quorum for a general meeting of the Union shall be 2% of the membership of the Union or 100 members of the Union, whichever is larger.

  YES   NO

Note: two-thirds approval is required to pass this referendum

ABOUT: This referendum is adjusting the number of students required for a General Meeting (a meeting where students gather and vote on a particular item, motion, etc.) in hopes of make General Meetings more attainable for students.

 

FALL BY-ELECTION

ELECTION COMPLETE: RESULTS

NOMINATION PERIOD: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - Friday, September 27, 2019

Candidates fill out the Fall By-Election nomination form and submit it by the the closing of the nomination period to be considered an eligible candidate in the by-election.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

  1. Vice President Finance & Operations
  2. Professional Studies Senator
  3. Community Relations Representative
  4. First-Year Representative
  5. Councillor

Find position descriptions and important information HERE

UPASS REFERENDUM:

During the 2019 By-Election, students will vote regarding the implementation of a bus pass. The following question will appear on the ballot during the voting days.

Further information on the UPass proposed agreement <-- Here

If you have any questions, comments, concerns etc. please reach out!

UPass Referendum Question (Ratified by SRC on April 9, 2019)

Do you support the implementation of a mandatory Bus Pass (“UPass”) Program, which includes the following terms?

  • Use of the Kings Transit fixed route bus service year round
  • Use of weekend bus service to and from Halifax between the dates of August 15 and May 15 each year
  • Annual fee of $180 per year for the use of bus transportation services provided by Kings Transit Authority, assessed and applied as part of annual fees

    Furthermore:
  1. Participation in the plan would be mandatory for Full Time students.  Participation in the program would be optional for Part Time and Co-op students by a pre-defined date;

  2. The plan will come into effect for the 2020/2021 academic year.  Use of bus transportation services provided by Kings Transit Authority is outlined in the “UPass Agreement” document.  Dependents may ride the Kings Transit fixed route service for free, when accompanied by an Eligible Student.

  3. Acadia Students’ Union can adjust the program, or its terms of administration, or its operating policies, from year to year due to inflation, changes in utilization, or a change in desired service by the membership.  The fee can be adjusted (no more than 5%) from year to year.

YES

NO

Note: a majority vote is required to pass this referendum

ALL CANDIDATES MEETING: Monday, September 30, 2019

The All Candidates Meeting is MANDATORY for all candidates. At this meeting, the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) and Deputy Chief Returning Officer (DCRO) will discuss election guidelines, bylaws, rules, answer questions, introduce the candidates and set the foundation for the campaign period.

CAMPAIGN PERIOD: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Please review the BY-LAWS and participate in the All Candidates Meeting to ensure a fair, smooth, and successful election!