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Elections & Referendums

Elections & Referendums

elections for ubc students

ams elections is an independent and impartial committee that administers elections and referendums for all UBC students. Being independent and impartial means the ams does not influence our management.

An independent election management committee is the key to a neutral electoral process. The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Olivia (she/her), reports directly to Council, on behalf of ams elections and is thus completely independent of the ams and candidates.

 

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Olivia (she/her)

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)
elections@ams.ubc.ca  |  778-558-1666

Basics of The 2022 AMS Election

In March 2022, students of UBC and affiliated colleges will vote for student positions and important issues. ams elections manages elections for 4 groups: the AMS Executives, the UBC Board of Governors, the UBC Senate, and the Student Legal Fund Society Directors. Students also vote on important issues through Referendum Questions, which can be proposed by any student by a petition.

Dates

Mon, March 7, 2022 to Fri, March 11, 2022 – Voting open for The 2022 AMS Election

Mon, January 10, 2022 to Fri, January 21, 2022 – Nominations open for UBC Board of Governors and UBC Senate

Mon, January 10, 2022 to Fri, February 18, 2022 – Nominations open for AMS Executives and Student Legal Fund Society Directors

Fri, February 25, 2022 – Petition submissions close for Referendum Questions

All dates are subject to change.


AMS Executives

Five students are elected to the AMS Executives:

  • President – chairs the AMS Executives and acts as a spokesperson of the AMS
  • Vice President University and Academic Affairs – lobbies UBC on behalf of students and their interests on key issues, policies and governance
  • Vice President External Affairs – works with external organizations and governments on behalf of students and their interests
  • Vice President Finance – manages AMS finances
  • Vice President Administration – manages AMS sustainability and facilities, such as the AMS Student Nest

More details on each position can be found in the AMS Code (Section VI, Articles 3 to 8)


UBC Board of Governors

Two students are elected to the UBC Board of Governors, which is responsible for non-academic UBC matters, including tuition policy, university budget and revenue, campus buildings and properties, and other affairs of the University.


UBC Senate

Five students are elected to the UBC Senate, which is responsible for academic UBC matters, including admissions, examination policy, academic discipline, student awards, course curriculum, new departments, and degrees.


Student Legal Fund Society Directors

Six students are elected to the Student Legal Fund Society Directors, a society that provides advisory, legal, and financial assistance to support legal action and advocacy for improved education and access to education at UBC, and other matters of law for students.


Referendum Questions

Referendum Questions are impactful and important ways you can exercise your right to implement real changes to the UBC community. For example, the U-Pass fee and the fee to build the AMS Student Nest were approved by students in 2016 and 2008.

If you are interested in placing your own question on the ballot, email Sheldon at archives@ams.ubc.ca for assistance in drafting a question. Once you have a question in its entirety, email it to Eshana at vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca with the subject line “Online referendum petition form request”. Then, you will need 1000 students to sign the petition to have your question on the ballot. Once it is on the ballot, it will need to reach 4762 “yes” votes to pass. Good luck! Contact us if you have any questions!

 

Indigenous Councillor

The Indigenous Councillor represents all Indigenous students and advocates for their rights and concerns on issues such as affordability, mental health, sexual assault, housing, academics, equity, sustainability, climate justice, safety, community, transit, and more. They are a voting member of the AMS governing body as a Councillor. If you are an Indigenous student and you are interested in being elected into the position, please email Olivia, elections@ams.ubc.ca.