More student elections: StFX, UBC, and Ryerson


Two more elections to note.

Voter turnout at UBC was only 1214.4 per cent.

The winner of the presidential race, Blake Frederick, was disqualified by the Elections Committee for “slate-like” behaviour. The Alma Mater Society at UBC banned slates a few years ago, a good background article on the ban was published in The Ubyssey this week. (I’m planning to write on the slate-ban this weekend)

Turnout at Ryerson was up, but still very low by national standards at 14 per cent. (Thanks to Cassandra Jowett for noting this in a comment on my blog)

Voter turnout at St. Francis Xavier remains the envy of every campus in Canada with an amazing 60.24 per cent.


More student elections: StFX, UBC, and Ryerson

  1. Nice to the shout-out, but StFX turnout was 60.4% not 60.2%

  2. Can’t wait for the election at York! Good bye current YFS!

  3. Low turnout is a disgrace, but what’s the solution?

    UBC’s AMS advertised the election with the slogan of “it’s your millions.” I thought that was really apt. Clearly it wasn’t enough to prevent voter-apathy.

    I guess it’s the candidate’s job to convince us why voting is important.

  4. Here at the University of Calgary, the turnout at the UofC SU election was 13.5%. Up from last year’s turnout which was 11%. We had four people running for the presidential spot and almost all the spots except Senate and faculty representatives was vied.

  5. ONLY 12%? (Well, aside from the fact that 6500/45000 is about 14.4%), a large proportion of the AMS of UBC’s students are part time, off campus, practicum doing, med studenting folks who are probably not going to vote in a million years.

    At a school as large as ours (Largest Student Association in the Country), 14.4% is big news, especially when you consider that this year was our highest turnout in two decades.


  6. With respect to the AMS elections, readers should be reminded that 12% represents a 1/3 increase in turnout over the average in the last few years.

  7. @RadicalBeer

    Thank you for correcting my wrong calculation. I picked that off one of the VFM outlets.

    Agreed with you there is going to be disengagement among the part-time body.

    The fact that students live “off-campus” should not be an excuse for low turnout. They are “on-campus” every day for classes and to use the library. The question is, how do you engage them?

    The other two categories noted have the ability to vote online. I can understand the difficulty in reaching students on practicum, but it should be possible to at least engage the med students.

    – Joey

  8. When I say off campus, I wasn’t referring to our commuter population, but to the sizable number of people who never set foot on the main campus – people who spend their time at the hospital, downtown (although I don’t think that this actually is a large amount of people, if any), in Prince George or Victoria.

    Also, I can’t take it on good faith that you made a simple mistake. This is another slap in the face (as the Trek Cairn says) ‘to the Glory of Alma Mater’, and merely reinforces the need for war. Name your week!


  9. Oh boy, I really need to sort myself out.

    Too much writing, I’m afraid of what my essays will look like on review.

  10. I would like to add a couple of comments here: First I agree that our turnout at UBC is dismally low. A lot of people throw around the number “45,000” when referring to the student population. This is very misleading since it is a number referring to “full-time enrollments,” a kind of amalgamation of all the students adding up to full time credits. There are closer to 70,000 students enrolled at UBC and I think all of them are qualified to vote, less than 10% of them actually did.

    Also; you should know that there are a handful of student court hearings upcoming that will appeal the decision of the UBC-AMS election committee to disqualify Blake Frederick for slating. Among the many complaints that were filed and dismissed by the EC is the charge of bias. Many of the EC staff are members of the self-professed slate: Radical Beer Faction, as are the would-be president Alex Monegro and his fellow complainant Tom Dvorak (together they submitted a complaint to the EC against Frederick, Tristan Markle and Ale Coates – who were retroactively disqualified for slating).

    If the court finds in favor of the complainants, they will ask for possible remedies. I am curious how other schools have managed to deal with or eliminate bias on elections committees. Any feedback?

    p.s.: Why was McLean’s disqualified from UBC vfm contest? Did McLeans file a complaint? It may have had grounds based on the fact that the vfm election administrator is a member of the RBF, which publishes the Radical Beer Tribune (2nd place in the vfm).

  11. Way to go StFX. A huge part of this turnout has to be the online presence of all candidates as well as their political critique blog. I wrote for this blog in its first year and it turned out to be a very heated debate.

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