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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.

 

FYC Elections will be happening on September 29 and October 6! Keep an eye on your email for your ballot. Check out the FYC section for more information on who is running.

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NOMINATIONS EXTENDED!

The following seats will be re-opening on October 17, please check back then for details!

  • Edwards
  • Woodstock

Please check out the Important Dates and Information below for more info.

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:

Proclamation: September 16, 2022
Nomination Period: September 6-19, 2022
All Candidates Meeting: September 19, 2022*
Campaigning Period: September 20 – 29, 2022
Polling Date: September 29, 2022

For Extended Nominations:
Nomination Period: September 19-26, 2022
All Candidates Meeting: September 26, 2022*
Campaigning Period: September 27 – October 6, 2022
Polling Date: October 6, 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

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

Please reach out to the Chief or Deputy Returning Officers if you’d like more information on how to run.

Important Dates:

Proclamation:  TBD
Nomination Period:  TBD
All Candidates Meeting: TBD*
Campaigning Period:  TBD
Polling Date:  TBD

*This meeting is mandatory.

Important Documents:

Click here to access documents related to SRA By-elections

Results:

Click here to view the previous election results

The MSU President is elected annually by the MSU membership as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitution and Bylaw 10. 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:

The 2023 MSU Presidential Election nominations will open in December. Please check back then!

The 2022 MSU Presidential election ended at 5pm on January 27, 2022. The election results can be found here.

Important Documents:

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

Results:

Click here to view the most recent Presidential 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.