How will voting work in 2021?
Instead of a traditional vote, you as students will be asked to vote either “yes” or “no” for each candidate. A vote of “yes” means you do believe they will effectively represent stdents; a vote of “no” means you do not believe they will effectively represent students.
To pass the vote for SMUSA President, the candidate must receive a 2/3 majority “yes” vote. To pass the vote for Board of Directors, each candidate must receive 51% majority vote of approval.
Voting days will be on March 8th and 9th, 2021. Before voting, be sure to review the candidates’ platforms and debates. If you have questions, please reach out to our CRO and DRO at [email protected]!
Missed the Presidential Debate or Board of Directors Forum? Check out the recordings below to learn more about each of the candidates!
How to Run in the 2021 SMUSA Election
Interested in running in the SMUSA elections? Whether you’re running to be the next SMUSA President, or looking to fill a sit on the SMUSA Board of Directors, here’s everything you need to know!
Step 1 – Attend Info Session
On Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 7:00pm, there will be a SMUSA Elections Information Session hosted by our CRO and our DRO. Our SMUSA President along with members of the Board of Directors will be in attendance for interested persons to ask questions.
This is an opportunity for candidate hopefuls to learn more about the election process, as well as what it is like to perform the duties of SMUSA President, or to sit on the Board of Directors!
Step 2 – Get Nominated
In order to become a candidate in the upcoming SMUSA elections, regardless of the position you choose to contest for, you must first go through the nomination process.
If you wish to run for the position of President, you must secure 75 nominations from current, active Saint Mary’s University students with valid A Numbers. Similarly, if you intend to contest for one of the available Board of Directors positions, you must secure 25 nominations from active Saint Mary’s University students.
This can be done by collecting a personalized link to a virtual form from our Chief Returning Officer (CRO) or Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) and forwarding it to SMU students to be filled out. The nomination period stretches from Monday, February 8th to Friday, February 19th, 2021.
Image from 2018 Board of Directors Candidates Forum.
Step 3 – Attend Candidate Training
Once the nomination process has concluded, official candidates will be informed of the details regarding candidate training. Candidates can expect to be informed of the rules relating to this year’s election as well as what is expected from them for the duration of the election period. They will also be informed of the associated penalties should any of the rules be breached.
Image from 2018 Board of Directors Candidates Forum.
Step 4 – Begin Campaigning
Running a good campaign is one of the most important aspects of a successful election. The campaigning period extends from February 22nd, 2021, to March 7th, 2021. As you may know, this year’s campaigning process will be completely virtual. This means that there are to be no physical posters on campus.
All social media posts from candidates must be approved by the CRO and/or DRO. More details on the campaigning period will be shared at candidate training.
Image from 2020 Board of Directors Candidates Forum.
Step 5 – Participate in the Forum/ Debate
One of the highlights of the campaigning period is the Presidential Debate for Presidential Candidates, and the Board Forum for Board of Directors Candidates. This is an opportunity for candidates to engage with the student population, share their platforms, and express what makes them suitable for the roles they are vying for!
These events also serve as an opportunity for students to ask candidates questions to then inform their votes when voting time comes around.
The Board Forum is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 1st, 2021 and the Presidential Debate is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.
Step 5 – Remove Promotional Material
Once the debates are over, the final step is to ensure that you remove all candidate-related promotional material by Sunday, March 7th, 2021. At this time, the campaigning period is over, and all promotional work should have been completed. More details about this will be shared at candidate training.
Image from 2020 Presidential Debate.
Seek advice from the current SMUSA President and/or Board of Directors to gain a better understanding of what’s expected when you are elected to perform your respective roles.
Read through our website to learn more about SMUSA as an organization.
Watch Board Meetings and/or read Board of Directors Meeting Minutes from previous meetings.
Follow SMUSA on social media @smusahfx to remain updated!
Conduct research to develop your platforms. This can be in the form of speaking to fellow students to get their opinions on issues, speaking to members of the Board of Directors or the President to ensure that these platforms can be facilitated through the means through which you are running.
Questions, Comments, or Concerns?
Have questions about the elections process, want to learn more about how you can run this year, or would like to request your nomination form? Send an email to Yasmine and Danielle!