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Elections Department

The MSU Elections Department works to ensure that all elections held within the MSU are run in a fair and transparent manner.  All elections held by the MSU use a secure online voting platform, called SimplyVoting. Visit SimplyVoting at any time and login with your MacID to see available elections. Check often, as in addition to the elections of the MSU president and SRA members, many clubs and faculty societies utilize the election services of the MSU to host their own elections.

The votes are in, and your new MSU President-Elect is Jovan Popovic! The results will not be final until the appeals period has ended. You can find the results here.

Presidential Election Results

By rule, referenda need 10% of the total student body in order to be counted. The McMaster Solar Car and Engineers Without Borders referenda did not meet this threshold. Therefore, there will be no change to change to their existing fee structure. The results of the 2022-23 HSR Referenda Results can be found here.

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The MSU President is elected annually by the MSU membership as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitution and Bylaw 7. The elected candidate will hold office from May 1st to April 30th. The President may carry a course load of not more than three (3) units per academic term. This course load restriction may be waived by a two-thirds majority vote of the SRA.

The President is to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Spokesperson for the McMaster Students Union and be a voting member of the SRA, the Executive Board, and an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees. As well, the President will chair the Executive Board, Board of Directors and the Presidents’ Council. Furthermore, the President will represent the MSU to the University Administration, Hamilton community as well as local, provincial, and national governments and organizations.

Important Dates:

Proclamation:  December 1, 2022
Nomination Period:  December 1, 2022 – January 13, 2023
All Candidates Meeting: January 13, 2023*
Campaigning Period:  January 15 – 26, 2023
Polling Dates: January 24-26, 2023

Candidates:

All candidates were given the opportunity to submit information about themselves or their campaigns, along with social media information:

Sam Abbot
It ain’t a scam, vote for Sam!

Instagram

Sam Bovey

Jovan Popovic
My name is Jovan Popovic, and I am running to be your next MSU President. As a fourth-year commerce student, President of the McMaster Sports Community, sports editor with the Silhouette, five term member of the Federal MP Youth Council, seasoned traveler, and entrepreneur, I have a wealth of experience, commitment, and attitude to represent you in this important role. It’s your life, your education, your future…. Make the right choice, Vote Pop.

Instagram
Website

Zachary Thorn
Innovation. Filtration. Perspiration. They must be addressed. They must be thought about. They must be solved. If I, Zach Thorne, am elected, I shall address these problems. Climate change will be solved. Inflation will be solved. Having less doors than wheels will be solved. Everything will be solved. And we can do this all together, as one family. A vote for me is more than just a vote, It’s a vote for a brighter world.

Instagram
Website

Jeffrey Xu
Enough with the plethora of unfulfilled promises each year. I’m less talk, more action.
1. Improve Centro food. (You know what I mean).
2. More club funding.
3. Extend library times.
4. NO EXPANSIONS to the bloated government (= less fees you pay). I ain’t a casual spender of your dollars on useless things.
5. I will host reddit Q & A’s to accept feedback. More transparency.

Important Documents:

Click here to access documents related to the MSU Presidential election.

Results:

Click here to view the most recent Presidential election results.

A referendum of the general membership of the MSU may be called on a question of policy or any other matter, that may be held and voted on during the October By-Election, MSU Presidential Election, or SRA General Elections. It may result in the adoption of a new policy or fee increase.

There are different ways for a referendum to be called:

  • A petition signed by three percent (3%) of the MSU membership delivered to the Vice-President (Administration);
  • A resolution of the General Assembly;
  • Or a majority vote of the total members of the SRA shall initiate a referendum.

All referenda called once the above conditions are met shall be administered by the Elections Committee, as outlined in their policies and bylaws.

The minimum number of ballots in a referendum must be equal to ten percent (10%) of the membership of the MSU for the results of the referendum to be a binding resolution on the SRA.

2023 Referenda:

This year the MSU will sending three questions to referendum:
Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) Bus Pass – The proposed HSR referendum was brought forward to the Student Representative Assembly at meeting SRA 22K on November 27, 2023. You can find the minutes from that meeting here, as well as the supporting documentation here.

McMaster Engineers without Borders (EWB) – EWB presented their budget to the Student Representative Assembly at meeting SRA 22I on October 30, 2023, you can find their documentation and recommendations here. The proposal to send to Referendum was brought forward by the SRA at SRA 22J on November 13, 2023. You can find the minutes from that meeting here.

McMaster Solar Car – McMaster Solar Car presented their budget to the Student Representative Assembly at meeting SRA 22I on October 30, 2023, you can find their documentation and recommendations here. The proposal to send to Referendum was brought forward by the SRA at SRA 22J on November 13, 2023. You can find the minutes from that meeting here.

Campaign Teams:

McMaster Engineers Without Borders – “Yes” Side Social Media and provided information

Engineers Without Borders McMaster is a group of engaging leaders who ask challenging questions, pursue continuous improvement, and share a passion for social change. Voting to keep EWB McMaster funded ensures that students have the chance to develop valuable skills, while making a meaningful difference in diverse communities. Additionally, students will have a chance to participate in projects that will help further understand global challenges, and how engineering can be used to solve them.

Website
Instagram

McMaster Solar Car – “Yes” Side Social Media and provided information

McMaster Solar car should continue to be funded by MSU members because it brings together students from diverse faculties, fostering innovation, teamwork, and leadership. The team serves as a powerful recruitment tool, highlighting the university’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. It is a great ambassador for the university, promoting the McMaster name and research globally through competitions and events. Investing in the team is an investment in the future of the university and its students.

Website
Instagram

You can find all the important dates and documentation below. If you have questions about the procedures, please reach out to the Elections Department.

Important Dates:

Proclamation:  December 1, 2022
Nomination Period:  December 1, 2022 – January 13, 2023
All Candidates Meeting: January 13, 2023*
Campaigning Period:  January 15 – 26, 2023
Polling Dates: January 24-26, 2023

Important Documents:

Click here to access documents related to the MSU Referenda Sides.

Results:

Click here to view the most recent Referenda results.

MSU First Year Council (FYC) is the unique representative body for McMaster first year students that serves to inform and speak for their distinctive needs and concerns. The council represents both current and future first year McMaster students, and ensures that their issues and interests are addressed by acting as a voice, and as a guiding body.

First Year Council Positions:

Chair — The primary spokesperson, liaison and advocate for the MSU First Year Council. This person will maintain relationships with other student/university organizations and oversee all FYC meetings. This person is responsible for reporting on the First Year Council to the SRA.

Vice-Chair (Internal) — acts as spokesperson for the organization and liaison between the First Year Council and the Residence Advisory Council. This individual will act as a primary lead on advocacy related to the living conditions and the students experience of first year students living on McMaster campus.

Vice-Chair (External) — acts as spokesperson for the organization and liaison between the First Year Council and the Faculty Society first year representatives. This individual will act as a primary lead on advocacy related to issues with respect to academic and off campus student experiences perspectives.

Vice-Chair (Events) —acts as a spokesperson for the organization and is the primary planner for events planned by the council. This Vice-Chair (Events) will work with MSU Spark, the MSU Maroons, MSU Campus Events and Residence Life to raise first year spirit within the school and improve the student experience at McMaster University.

Residence Chairs — will act as advocates for students in residence at McMaster University. They will be elected among their peers within their residence and will serve on a variety of Residence Life consultation committees. Further, residence chairs will be responsible for collecting feedback on the perspective of students in residence and running events within their particular building.

There are 13 positions available; one representative for each residence on campus as follows:

  • Bates Chair
  • Brandon Chair
  • Edwards Chair
  • Hedden Chair
  • Les Prince Chair
  • Mary E. Keyes Chair
  • Matthews Chair
  • McKay Chair
  • Moulton Chair
  • Peter George Chair
  • Wallingford Chair
  • Whidden Chair
  • Woodstock Chair

Off-Campus/Commuting Students – There will also be two (2) seats for off-campus/commuting students available to run for. They will act as advocates for students living off-campus at McMaster University. They will be elected among their peers.

Please reach out to Elections if you have any questions about the procedures. Find out more about First Year Council here and here

Important Dates:

For Edwards and Woodstock Residence Chairs:

Proclamation:  October 17, 2022
Nomination Period:  October 17-28, 2022
All Candidates Meeting: October 28, 2022*
Campaigning Period:  October 31-November 3, 2022
Polling Date:  November 3, 2022

*This meeting is mandatory.

Important Documents:

Click here to access documents related to the FYC election.

The following will be going to an Election or Vote of Confidence on September 29:

Chair:

  • Kailer Glanville
  • Myra Godara
  • Natasha Muravu
  • Arvinraj Nimalraj
  • Kyle Sung
  • Olami Olalere
  • Jazzlyn Abbot

Vice Chair External:

  • Anja Kane
  • Dhara Parsania
  • Omolade George

Vice Chair Internal:

  • Roland Lightbourn
  • Kartikeya Mahendra
  • Midhaa Ahmed

Vice Chair Events:

  • Sana Muhammad Ashraf
  • Sanvi Khanna
  • Ava Bizjak
  • Matthew Retera-Robinson
  • Priyanka Patel

Mary Keyes Residence Chair:

  • Nolan Hymander
  • Ashley Hauer
  • Subah Rahman

Wallingford Residence Chair:

  • Dora Xu
  • Ashley Jong

Hedden Residence Chair:

  • Ethan Lo
  • Adnan Saffaf
  • Anna Sophia Deaton

Les Prince Residence Chair:

  • Natalie Tal
  • Jacob Metzler

Votes of Confidence:

  • McKay Residence Chair: Abdullah Masudi
  • Peter George Residence Chair: Matthew Hammond
  • Brandon Residence Chair: Manchit Singh Kalra
  • Bates Residence Chair: Christalla Deris
  • Off-Campus/Commuting Rep: Arshiya Alam

The following will be going to an Election or Vote of Confidence on October 6:

Matthews:

  • Vanessa Casiero-Borges
  • Sarah Nizami

Moulton:

  • Deyontae Patterson
  • Leilani Xue

Off-Campus/Commuting Students:

  • Michael Ciaramitaro
  • Jessica Chakramakil
  • Nida Fatima

Votes of Confidence:

  • Whidden Residence Chair: Jessica Li

The following will be going to a Vote of Confidence on November 3:

Woodstock Residence Chair: David Gou

Results:

Click here to view the most recent FYC elections results.

SRA By-Elections may take place several times throughout the year, if spots on the SRA become available outside of the SRA General Election process. As such, these elections are run as needed to ensure that each caucus is fully filled.

You can find more information about SRA here

Important Dates:

October by-election Original Timeline

Proclamation:  November 14, 2022
Nomination Period:  November 14-18, 2022
All Candidates Meeting: November 18, 2022*
Campaigning Period:  November 21-25, 2022
Polling Date:  November 25, 2022

*This meeting is mandatory.

Please note: Polling has been pushed to November 25 due to technical issues with Simply Voting. Please come back to vote then!

Important Documents:

Click here to access documents related to SRA By-elections

Results:

Click here to view the current election results

The Student Representative Assembly (SRA), the governing body of the MSU, is composed of 35 undergraduate students elected by their peers, inside each academic faculty. Together, they work to provide the best possible MSU services and departments, represent and address the concerns of undergraduate students, and lobby the University to improve McMaster’s academic quality. The MSU exists to represent students and to help build a better community for the undergraduate community.

The SRA General Election will take place the end of February/beginning of March. Come back in January for more information!

Important Documents:

Click here to access documents related to the SRA General Election

Results:

Click here to view the most recent SRA General Election results

Nominations for the MSU Vice President and Speaker positions will be open in March 2023! 

The elections for all three available roles will be held by SRA over a period of two days, in April (date tbd). Any MSU member (an undergraduate student enrolled in 18 or more units) is eligible. Please be advised that while nominations are open until the elections occur, the SRA has adopted parameters to govern how the election will be run. That information is available here.

Together with the MSU President, the Vice President’s Administration, Finance, and Education comprise the MSU Board of Directors (BoD). The BoD has vast responsibilities within the organization and to the undergraduate students of McMaster University. Together, this team of four individuals are employed for a year-long term, governing the daily operations of the McMaster Students Union.

The election process gives each candidate the opportunity to speak to their qualifications and ideas and then Assembly members will have the ability to question the nominees. To learn more about the specific responsibilities of the Vice-Presidents Bylaw 4 – Board of Directors & Speaker.

The MSU Elections Department can hold online elections on behalf on faculty/program societies or student groups, using our Simply Voting platform. If you would like support in hosting and facilitating an election, email the elections department for more information.

Please note: The Elections Department will have the following blackout dates for external elections: September 28-29, October 26-27, Nov 23-24, Jan 16-26, Feb 28-March 9th. Your request will not be honored if it’s during this date.

Please fill out this form and send back to the Chief Returning Officer if you are interested in holding an external election.

 

Are you interested in running for a position in the MSU but have no clue where to start? Start by following the steps below:

Step One: Nominate Yourself

This is the easiest step. Once the nomination period opens for your election, just download the nomination form respective to the election you are running in from the MSU Elections website and fill out the required information. Once complete, submit it to MSU Elections through email by sending it to elections@msu.mcmaster.ca before the nomination period ends.

Step Two: Read the Rules

Part of your nomination package will be the rules for your election that you (and your campaign team if you have one) have to follow as a candidate. A very important part of these rules is that you cannot campaign before the start of the campaign period. If you break the rules you could be fined so make sure you know them!

Step Two-and-a-Half: Assemble a Campaign Team (if applicable)

This is a half-step because not everyone uses or needs a campaign team. Most often candidates assemble them to help them out during the Presidential Election. This election can involve a lot of effort from the candidate to try to reach all MSU members, so a campaign team can be an invaluable resource. If you wish to assemble one, make sure that you register your campaign team members with the Elections Department, that your team knows the rules just as well as you do, and that no one campaigns before the campaign period!

Step Three: Attend the All-Candidates Meeting

This mandatory meeting happens the evening each nomination period closes and is where you will get information about your election, can meet your fellow candidates, and can ask any questions you have to the Chief and Deputy Returning Officers. (You might even find out that you’ve been acclaimed!)

Step Four: Campaign

There are many ways that you can campaign. The most common methods include posting posters, talking to classes, making a Facebook page, and talking to people around campus. You can also get creative with campaigning, just make sure you’re always following the rules!

Step Five: Get the Results

At the end of polling for an election, the Elections Committee will meet to discuss complaints against all of the candidates and to levy fines if they so decide, before anyone has found out the results. At the conclusion of the fines meeting the Elections Committee will view the results, the MSU will publicize them, and you will be notified of any fines that you have.

Step Five-and-a-Half: Appeal Your Fines

If you wish to fight your fine(s), you can submit an appeal to the Elections Department following the election and then make your case to the Elections Committee at their appeals meeting. If they decide not to accept your appeal, you have one more opportunity to appeal and that is to the Electoral Appeal Board.

Step Six: Relax

Whether or not you are successful, you deserve a break! And keep an eye out for the next MSU election around the corner.

Tips & Insight

Former MSU President, Mary Koziol created a guide on running in MSU elections, focusing on presidentials. This guide includes Mary’s insight as well as insight from other students who have participated in elections. Please click on the link below to view her handy guidebook on Issuu.

All elections held by the MSU use a secure online voting platform, called SimplyVoting.  Visit SimplyVoting at any time and login with your MacID to see available elections.

Check often, as in addition to the elections of the MSU president and SRA members, many clubs and faculty societies utilize the election services of the MSU to host their own elections.

For detailed instructions including screen walkthroughs, please download the guidebook below:

MSU Elections- How to Vote Guidebook

To view past elections results, please click here.