Elections

Leadership. Community. Diversity. Inclusivity. Academia. Advocacy. Fun.

Passionate about any of these things? Perfect. This is your chance to get involved in the Arts community and be a part of a core and committed group of professional student leaders!

Purpose of Elections:

Elections are an integral part of the Arts Undergraduate Society as without holding them, there would not be an Executive team appointed to run the AUS. They allow passionate members of the AUS to become more involved in their faculty’s student governance and its inner-workings. Encouraging Arts voices to be heard are at the heart of AUS elections, each candidate presenting their own platform that they feel represents fellow Arts students’ concerns and desires.

How Do Elections Work:

The UBC Arts Undergraduate Society Elections consist of five major phases:

  1. Nominations Period. This period is meant to be a window for candidates to nominate themselves for their desired position. Duration: ten (10) days. 
  2. All-Candidates Meeting. Every candidate running in the election must attend this meeting to allow the Elections Team to go over the Elections Handbook or answer any questions. If they are unable to attend, they may send a proxy; otherwise, they are ineligible to participate in the election. This is a one-day event. 
  3. Campaigning Period. During this time, candidates can share their platform, interact with other candidates, and encourage students to vote for them. Duration: seven (7) days. During the campaigning period, the AUS Elections Committee will host a variety of events (i.e. Meet-the-Candidates Night; All-Candidates Debate) to help the candidates gain support from the student body.
  4. Voting Period. Voters can cast a ballot via SimplyVoting during this time. Only undergraduate Arts students are permitted to vote. According to AUS Code, Chapter 1, Article 2, Section K, this does not include Bachelor of Music students or Economics majors, unless they are majoring in (1) Economics and (2) an Arts major that pays AUS fees. Bachelor of Media Studies students can vote. Voting polls are open for a total of five (5) days.
  5. Elections Results release. Once the campaigning and voting period ends, ballots will close and all campaigning must cease. Then, the results are collected and the Elections Administrator will send an email to the AMS Chief Electoral Officer, who will approve the results and officiate them. The Elections Team will then release the results on AUS platforms.

Please find the AUS Fall By-Election Candidate Handbook HERE.

The Elections Team:

Elections Administrator (1): Tanvi Gauba | elections@aus.ubc.ca

Associate Elections Administrator (1): Jacob Ereshefsky

Elections Communication Director (1): Sophia He

Elections Events Coordinator (2): Louis Liu & Jazz Day

Positions up for election:

  • Form and Co-Chair the First Year Committee, which shall be responsible for organizing events that shall benefit members of AUS in their first year
  • Serve as a voting member on the AUS council.
  • Liaise between the AUS and first year Arts students.
  • Serve as a voting member on the AUS council.
  • Liaise between the AUS and second year Arts students.
  • Serve as a voting member on the AUS council.
  • Liaise between the AUS and third year Arts students.
  • Represent the AUS to the AMS Grad Class Council
  • Serve as a voting member on the AUS council.
  • Liaise between the AUS and fourth year Arts students
  • Chair the Administration Committee
  • Maintain regular correspondence of the AUS
  • Serve as the bookings representative for the AUS
  • Record the minutes of all Executive and AUS Council meetings
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations, bookings and maintenance of MASS and properties of the AUS
  • Oversee the period of transition between old and new AUS executives
  • Oversee locker rentals
  • Act as Chair of the Arts Student Centre committee and oversee the project
  • Serve as a voting member on the AUS council.
  • Liaise between the AUS and the Arts and Management stream of Vantage College
  • Serve as a voting member on the AUS council.
  • Liaise between the AUS and the Bachelor of Media Studies students

Candidates are encouraged to connect with current executives, AMS Reps, and Senators to ask questions and get informed about the roles.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Event Date
Nomination Period
Sept 20-30, 2021
All-Candidates Meeting
Oct 1, 2021
Campaigning Period
Oct 2-9, 2021
Voting Period
Oct 4-9, 2021
Unofficial Election Results
Oct 10, 2021