Referenda voting will begin November 2nd via student email

October 31, 2016 at 09:00 am

From November 2 - November 3, all MSU members (FT undergrads enrolled in 18+ units or more) will receive a ballot via their McMaster mail account regarding five referenda questions. In addition, MSU members enrolled in Social Sciences will receive a ballot to vote for a candidate for the one SRA seat available in the Social Science caucus.

There were two SRA seats available in the Business caucus, however they have been acclaimed. Congratulations to Jackie Phung and Eklavya Sehrawat.

There will be five referenda questions that will appear on a student's ballot. They will appear as follows:


Exclusive Club Card Referendum

A proposal has been put forth to the students to apply a $5 fee to ancillary costs for the Exclusive Club Card (ECC). The ECC is a discount card, which would offer discounts at 32 local Hamilton businesses for all MSU Members. This fee will go to covering the company’s costs. There will be an option to opt out of this fee and its associated benefit. More information can be found here: www.msumcmaster.ca/elections

NOTE: The Student Representative Assembly voted on October 16, 2016 to take a negative stance against this referendum and is encouraging students to vote 'no'.

Do you support the creation of a $5 ancillary fee to cover the cost of an Exclusive Club Card as outlined above?



Marmor Referendum #1

A proposal was brought forth to the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) on September 25, 2016  (can be found here) to ask students if they would like to discontinue the Marmor fee. The SRA chose to send this to referendum. The Marmor is a physical yearbook provided to all graduating MSU members, following their last year of study. Currently, there is a fee of $9.22 collected from all MSU members every year regardless of their year of study. This referendum will ask for the Marmor fee to end effective the 2017-2018 academic year, while still providing physical copies of the Marmor, through the graduating class of 2020. The nature of each year’s Marmor will correspond with a student’s financial contribution through the graduating class of 2020.

Do you support eliminating the Marmor fee of $9.22 effective 2017-2018, while providing physical Marmors to students until the class of 2020?



Marmor Referendum #2

A proposal was brought forth to the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) on September 25, 2016  (can be found here) to ask students if they would like to discontinue the Marmor fee. The SRA chose to send this to referendum. The Marmor is a physical yearbook provided to all graduating MSU members, following their last year of study. Currently, there is a fee of $9.22 collected from all MSU members every year regardless of their year of study. This referendum will ask for the Marmor fee to end effective the 2017-2018 academic year, while still providing physical copies of the Marmor, through the graduating class of 2020. The nature of each year’s Marmor will correspond with a student’s financial contribution through the graduating class of 2020.

Do you support raising the MSU Operating fee by $5 to create a digital version of the Marmor as well as provide additional funding to student services and events on campus.


Sobi Referendum

A proposal was brought forth to the Student Representative Assembly (SRA) on February 21, 2016 (can be found here) to ask students if they would like to add a SoBi bicycle membership to student ancillary fees. The SRA chose to send this to referendum. SoBi is a bike share program stationed in the City of Hamilton. SoBi is asking for a fee of $16.95 to be added for all MSU Members, subject to inflationary increases every year by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which will provide all MSU members with a SoBi membership.

This bike pass will be a one-year membership and will include 1.5 hours of riding per day, a $15 credit, and access to all Sobi bikes. There will be an option to opt out of this fee.

Do you support the creation of an ancillary fee of $16.95, subject to inflationary increases each year by CPI, to cover the cost of a SoBi membership as outlined above?

 

MSU Constitutional Referendum

A proposal has been put forth to update the MSU Constitution to have the Vice Presidents of the organization be elected by students at-large. Currently, the three Vice President positions are elected through the Student Representative Assembly (SRA). The format of this at large election is currently undefined and could take on different forms.

Amendments to the MSU Constitution require a two-thirds affirmative vote in order to pass. Abstentions will not be included in calculating the vote total.

NOTE: The MSU Constitution requires the SRA to make a recommendation on this referendum. The Student Representative Assembly voted on October 16, 2016 to give a negative recommendation for these amendments, and is encouraging students to vote 'no'.

Are you in favour of changing the MSU Constitution to include an at large MSU Vice President Election, as available here.

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All referenda answer options are Yes, No, and Abstain. MSU Members can join the official Yes or No side of a campaign for a specific referendum by filling out the campaign team registration form. For more information on the referenda, the referenda questions, and all documents needed to participate in the election, click here.

For more information on the referenda or SRA by-election, please contact:

Helen Zeng
Chief Returning Officer
elections@msu.mcmaster.ca

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