University and College Elections
Are you running an election at your college or university?
Election off the Shelf will make your job easier, whatever your degree of experience.
Elections Canada designed this kit in co-operation with a number of college and university student organizations. It contains sample materials and concrete, practical information on every step of a student council election or referendum.
Feel free to adapt the practices below at your own institution or to your specific needs.
The kit includes:
- a greeting from Canada's Chief Electoral Officer
- principles and tips for choosing election officers
- the Chief Electoral Officer's Guide – for the student supervising the entire operation
- the Returning Officer's Guide – for the Chief Electoral Officer's assistant
from collaborators, including recollections from people who have taken part in student elections in various capacities
- Avoiding Conflict of Interest
- The Chief Electoral Officer: Three Basic Principles for Success
- The Candidate and the Chief Electoral Officer: Establishing a Trusting Relationship
- A Returning Officer's Report: A Guide to Every Aspect of the RO's Work
- Sample of a Polling Officer's Guide for Deputy Returning Officers and Poll Clerks
- Voter Information Card: The Mail-out Method
- Electronic Voting Systems: University and College Elections Hit Cyberspace
- Advantages of Using a Computer System Versus Student Lists, by Karolina Srutek, Chief Electoral Officer, 1995–96, Carleton University
- Electronic Voting, by Ryan Peters, President, 1997–98, Mohawk College Students' Association
- a glossary of important terms
- forms and samples of election materials, from candidate nomination papers to ballots that you can reproduce or adapt as needed