ASU General Election 2019: What You Need to Know

The 2019 ASU General Election has begun, promising two weeks of exciting campaigning. The entire Students’ Representative Council is up for election for the 2019-20 academic year, with changes in the dynamic of our student government expected.

What is the Students’ Representative Council? 

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) is the governing body of the Acadia Students’ Union, responsible for representing students across campus. All students are automatically members of the Union by virtue of paying student fees. SRC is responsible for determining major policy initiatives, such as referenda, the appointment of certain officials like the Diversity & Inclusion Representative, hosting programs, and sending recommendations to larger forums like the University Senate or the Board of Governors.

Which positions are up for election? 

The Executive Board, consisting of:

  • President
  • Vice President Student Life
  • Vice President Events & Promotions
  • Vice President Academic & External
  • Vice President Finance & Operations, now an elected position

Non-executive positions include:

  • Community Relations Officer
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Arts Senator
  • Science Senator
  • Professional Studies Senator
  • Graduate Studies Senator
  • Councillor x2

First Year Officer is elected in a by-election in the fall, along with any other unfilled positions. Diversity & Inclusion Representative is hired by the ASU Hiring Committee. Theology Senator is appointed separately within the Acadia Divinity College. 

Are there debates? 

Executive and non-executive candidates will debate on the Main Level of the SUB at 7:00 on Wednesday February 6th.  The Athenaeum is sponsoring a debate held on Facebook Live on Friday February 8th from 5:30-8:30. The schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30-6:15 VP Student Life
  • 6:15-7:00 VP Events & Promotions
  • 7:00-7:45 VP Academic & External
  • 7:45-8:30 President

When can I vote? 

Every student will receive an email on the morning of February 10th. Voting will commence at 8:30AM on the 10th and continue until 4:30PM on February 14th, with the official results announced by the Chief Returning Officer prior to 7PM.

Where can I vote? 

You can vote online at Acadia Central or at any of the six locations prescribed in the new bylaws, including the BAC, Huggins Science Hall, the Athletics Complex, Patterson Hall, SUB, and Wheelock Dining Hall.