Nomination Period for CSES Fall By-Elections 2021 will begin on September 20th! Members seeking nomination will need to create a copy of the Nomination Form Template (Use Carleton provided firstname.lastname@example.org MS Office account). Once a member has collected enough signatures, they will need to submit the excel file generated by the form in the Nomination Forms Template. Optionally, the member can submit a platform, picture and an 'about me' with their nomination.
The CSES Executive and Council are made up of elected individuals. CSES holds elections in accordance with our Electoral Code at least twice a year to fill the seats of eight (8) Executives, fourteen (14) Program Councillors, and two (2) First Year Representatives.
Our Fall By-Elections (which take place in the middle of the winter term) serve as our biggest election period, where we attempt to fill all Executive and Program Councillor seats for the upcoming societal year (May-April.) The Writ of Elections will be clearly posted, outlining all the rules and dates for the election; it includes nomination, campaign, and voting periods. Voting is done by electronic c-mail ballot.
Our Fall By-Elections (which take place early in the fall term) serve to fill our First Year Rep seats, where we will also attempt to fill vacant Executive and Program Councillor seats for the current school year. The Writ of Elections will be clearly posted, outlining all the rules and dates for the election; it includes nomination, campaign, and voting periods. Voting is done by electronic c-mail ballot.
If necessary, we conduct Run-Off Elections at our General Meetings (FGM, WGM, and AGM.) These serve as additional attempts to fill any remaining vacant seats from the most recent election. If a member of Council resigns from their duties, Run-Off Elections are typically used to re-fill the position. There is no Writ of Elections for Run-Offs due to their spontaneous nature. Rather, candidates are nominated on the spot, allocated a few minutes to speak and answer questions, and then voting via paper ballots is conducted and tallied during the meeting.
Sometimes, we run Referendums in order to get a unified opinion or approval on something we are hoping to change, or something for which we received a petition to address with the membership. The Writ of Referenda will be clearly posted, outlining the rules and dates for the referendum; it will include nomination ("for" and "against" committees), campaign, and voting periods. Voting is done by electronic c-mail ballot.