The Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) runs at least two elections annually. The first, in October, features BUSAC candidates, referendums, etc. The second, in February, is the executive election, which among other referendums and various open positions, students vote to elect BUSU’s President, the VPFA, VPSS and VPEA.
The election is open to all undergraduate students, as all undergraduate students are automatically members of BUSU.
Elections are critical to the continued success of student governance at Brock and supports everything from elected executives to representational BUSAC and Senate members. Therefore, active student engagement — both running and voting — is absolutely critical.
Why should I vote?
Politics, specifically student governance, can be dull and boring. However, it is vitally important. In Brock University Students’ Union’s Executive election last February, a record-breaking number of students participated and voted. Roughly 32.3 per cent of the student population at Brock voted.
Let’s see if we can top that number this year, especially after the handful of students that voiced their opinion following the Transit referendum last year.
This upcoming BUSU election, there will only be on thing on the agenda, and that’s another Transit referendum. In previous years, there have been elections for BUSAC candidates, but this year all the positions have been acclaimed.
Additionally, the Transit referendum (discussed on the next page) is a decision that will impact more than just your school fees. It’s also a decision that could improve the transit services across Niagara for all Brock students. If you were one of the many people upset last year, this is your chance to have your voice.
Whatever the final decision is in the election, it will directly affect your student life and campus experience here at Brock. So, get informed and vote.
How do I vote?
No voter cards, no ID, no problem. Voting in BUSU elections is literally a one-step, simple process that can be done totally online. In order to vote in this election, all you have to do is log onto your Brocku.ca e-mail between Tuesday October 24 and Thursday October 26 (deadline is at 9:00 p.m.), and you’ll see an e-mail ballot which you can use to vote.
When you click on this ballot, you will be able to select the referendum, on which you can vote “yes” or “no”. Make sure to read the question carefully. Don’t be afraid to ask questions by going to BUSU if you’re unclear of what you’re voting for.
Campaigning starts (for bus referendum) – October 16
Voting days – October 24-26
Campaigning ends – October 26
Result announcement – Thursday October 26 at 9:30p.m.