Election fever is heating up!

Date Posted: March 5, 2015

Hi everyone! Josh Cormier here, Chief Returning Officer for the election the Students’ Association is holding March 18. I am here to tell you about the process of the election, why you should vote, and how to get involved.

Election Day is March 18. There will be three polling stations set up with two on main campus and one at Donald School of Business.

The SA Stairs polling station will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Forum polling station will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Donald School of Business polling station will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those who can’t make it to Main Campus that day.

If you are unable to vote on Election Day, there is also a day of advanced polling. March 17 there will be one poll at the SA office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Donald School of Business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our election process is very similar to real elections (not that this isn’t a real election). To vote, you simply need your iCard or your government-issued photo identification. The poll clerk will then strike your name and hand you four ballots. Each ballot you will cast is for each of the four Executive positions. Upon selecting your preferred candidate, simply insert your ballots in the appropriate ballot box.

Congratulations! You voted!

It is very important to vote, because you are voicing what you believe in. Make it count. This year’s theme is Live Your Legacy, so live your legacy and cast your vote on March 18.

There are more ways to get involved than to just vote. You can attend any of our events, become a poll clerk, or even endorse a candidate’s campaign. Becoming a volunteer not only gives you additional skills, but it also gives you something to put on your resume afterwards. By attending the events, you become more active in what the students are talking about at the college and gives you more of an idea of what students want and keeps you in the loop.

If you have any questions or want to get involved in some capacity, please feel free to contact me at elections(at)sardc.ab.ca or come up to the SA during office hours and we can chat. How do you want to live your legacy?

Election Timeline

March 3: Nominations open
• Spring General Meeting, Main Campus, Far Side Bar & Grill, 11 a.m.
Nominations for Students’ Association Executive Council: President, Vice President Operations, Vice President  College Affairs, Vice President  Student Life; summer Students’ Association Council; student vacancies on Academic Council and Board of Governors Student Member open.

March 10: Nominations close
• Nominations period for Students’ Association Executive Council closes at 4 p.m. Candidates for Executive Council must provide transcripts, nomination forms and profiles by the deadline.

March 10: Campaigning begins
• Campaigning begins at the conclusion of the All Candidates Meeting

March 11: Campaign event
• Meet the Candidates for Executive Council from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Donald School of Business

March 12: Campaign events
• Meet the Candidates for Executive Council from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Forum
• Candidate Forum, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., RDC Library

March 13: Campaign event
• Meet the Candidates, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Forum

March 16: Campaign event
• Candidates Forum, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Forum

March 17: Advance Polls
• SA office polling station, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Donald School of Business polling station, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Campaigning ends. All campaign material must be down by 10 p.m.

March 18: Election Day!
• SA Stairs poll, main campus, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Red Deer College Forum poll, main campus, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Donald School of Business poll, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Election results will be announced in the Far Side Bar & Grill following ballot counting March 18, 2015. Approximate time 8 p.m.

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Article Author: Josh Cormier, Chief Returning Officer

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