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There is a current by-election for the at-large undergraduate Senate seat.
Nominations close March 8 at 4 p.m.
Hello student leader, we’re so glad you’re taking the next step – your voice is our voice, and we are ready for you. Nominations are just a click away at vote.feds.ca External Link, and to help you on your way we’ve put together everything you need to know before nominating yourself (or someone else).
How to Nominate:
Whether you’re on campus, at a satellite campus, away on co-op or even on exchange, so long as you’re a Waterloo undergrad, you can run for an election.
Step one: check out the elections page for any active elections (that you’re eligible for*). If nominations period is still open and you’re interested in the role, proceed to step three. If not, proceed to step two.
*All current Waterloo undergrads are eligible to run for a position on the Feds Executive or an at-large undergrad seat on Waterloo’s Senate External Link. You are also eligible for your faculty specific seat on Feds Students’ Council and Waterloo’s Senate
Step two: missed the cut off for the last election? There may still be an available position on Students’ Council. Check out vacancies for the current year on the Council page and contact the Research and Policy Officer or your Feds President to let them know you’re interested in running for the seat! If it’s the winter term just hang tight for May 1 when that page will be updated with the folks elected in during the winter general election, along with any vacancies. By-elections typically happen in the spring and fall for the current year.*
*Senate does things a little differently, all seats for the following academic year need to be filled by the March meeting of the current year (Senate, By-Law 3, section 2.01a External Link). So, any vacancies left open after our annual general election in February will need to be filled in a by-election before that meeting happens.
Step three: read the words below, know the words below, and then you’re ready for the final step.
- Feds Executive and Senate at-large nominees:
- Require 100 signatures to be nominated
- Any Waterloo undergraduate student can sign your nomination form
- Students’ Council and faculty specific student Senate nominees:
- Require 25 signatures to be nominated
- Only Waterloo undergraduate students in your respective faculty are eligible to sign your council nomination form, as these are the constituents you are running to represent
- Completed applications are due by 4 p.m. on the last day of the Nominations Period
- The All Candidates Meeting is mandatory as important information will be shared concerning the elections process and the campaigning period. See important dates on the elections page for notice of the meeting
- If you cannot attend the meeting, please email the Elections & Referenda Officer (ERO) as soon as possible to arrange an alternate option
- In special cases (sometimes a by-election, for example) the ERO may forego an in-person All Candidates Meeting and instead will share the information via email once nominations period closes. You’ll know if that’s the case if there is no meeting listed under important dates on the elections page
- Candidates are responsible for becoming familiar with the Federation of Students’ Bylaws, Elections & Referenda Procedures, and all other applicable organizational documents available through the Feds Library
- Senate candidates are also responsible for becoming familiar with the University of Waterloo Secretarial Nominations webpage External Link, Senate Bylaw 3 External Link, Senate Bylaw 1 External Link, and the University of Waterloo Act, section 22 External Link
- Candidates are encouraged to submit their information by the stated deadlines (presented at the All Candidates Meeting) to be included in any applicable Feds Elections promotional materials for the current election
- The Feds Elections candidate logo, as well as other assistance for candidates is available on the Campaign Support page
Step four: it’s time to take action, nominations are just a click away at vote.feds.ca External Link. Waterloo undergrads can nominate you from anywhere by logging in with their WatIAM.
Though the online nomination form is preferred, you can complete a paper package* instead and return to the Feds main office before nomination period closes.
*During an active nomination period these will be available for download here and at the Feds main office.
Remember, you have until 4 p.m. on the last day of voting to get your nomination form completed.
See you at the all-candidates meeting!