Just over 200 students voted, and more than 12,000 did not. Five students ran for the eight open positions. The Students Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) elected three new governors for their Student Governing Board. Only 204 students cast their votes, a voter turnout of 1.7%. This was the third uncontested election in a row for SAMRU, where there were equal or more open positions than candidates.
2018 Governor Election Results
(204 votes cast out of a possible 12,230)
Joshua Brenner (ELECTED) – 95 yes votes, 84 no votes (53% yes)
Wyatt Claypool – 69 yes votes, 114 no votes (38% yes)
Lucas Hardardt (ELECTED) – 132 yes votes, 59 no votes (69% yes)
Gregory Kozlowski – 47 yes votes, 131 no votes (27% yes)
Megan Nega (ELECTED) – 111 yes votes, 75 no votes (60% yes)
- Yes/No votes are used when the positions being elected are uncontested.
- A position is considered uncontested if there are equal or fewer candidates than positions.
- There are 14 total governor positions on the Student Governing Board and they have a 55% quorum requirement.
- To reach quorum, there must be at least eight governors present at each meeting.
- Five governor positions remain empty.
A Trend of Apathy
This is the third uncontested election in a row for SAMRU. The 2017 Governor Elections, 2018 Representation Executive Council Elections, and 2018 Governor Elections were all uncontested. The voter turnout for those elections was 1.2%, 6% and 1.7%, respectively.
SAMRU elections voter turnout has been on the decline in the past few years.
Compared to a few other students’ associations and students’ unions in Alberta, SAMRU’s numbers among the lowest. None of the other elections on this list were completely uncontested.
Students’ Association of MacEwan University 2017-2018 Councillor Election – 12.23% voter turnout (1,928 votes)
University of Alberta Students’ Union 2018 Students’ Council Elections – 11.92% voter turnout (3,527 votes)
SAIT Students’ Association 2018 Board of Directors Elections – 11.5% voter turnout (1,502 votes)
University of Regina Students’ Union General Elections, Winter 2018 – 10.38% voter turnout (1,671 votes)
University of Calgary Students’ Union 2018 By-Elections – 4.63% voter turnout (1,216 votes)
Will the Empty Seats be Filled?
There can be up to 15 voting members on the SAMRU Student Governing Board, 14 governors and the President. With 9 governors there are only 10 voting members of the board. This means that in fewer votes are needed to get a majority.
Empty positions on the board can be filled by appointment to the board. SAMRU’s bylaws are currently unclear as to whether or not the 5 empty positions will be filled by appointment.
The bylaws state that the minimum number of governors is nine, so they do not need to appoint new governors. The bylaws also state that if there are five or more vacant positions, then they have to appoint new governors. So, with nine governors and five vacant governors positions, the bylaws contradict themselves as to whether or not to appoint new governors.
Bylaw 6.6.2 under Section 6.6 The Board’s Membership states that, “The minimum number of Governors is nine (9).”
However, according to bylaw 7.7.6 under Section 7.7 Election of the Governors,” Whenever there are five or more vacant Governors positions, the first order of business at the next the Board meeting will be to initiate a process pursuant to 7.7.5 to fill the vacancies”. Bylaw 7.7.5 outlines the appointment process.
The next Student Governing Board meeting is scheduled for November 26 and will be the first meeting for the new governors-elect.