CSA Voting Week: 5 Reasons Why YOU Should Vote!

Monday, October 4, 2010


Written by Drew Garvie

This week is voting week for the CSA Bi-Elections. Bi-Elections are held every year during the Fall with hopes of filling up any vacant “at-large” (elected) seats on the Board of Directors. This year, there are 9 candidates running for a spot on the Board of Directors; only 7 (out of the 14 vacant spots) will be filled after the bi-elections.

Monday morning, you will wake up, check your inbox and find a ballot waiting for you. You will probably take one glimpse at it, and tell yourself you’ll vote later on (or worse, just delete it). Unfortunately later on, for most students means that it will sit in your inbox indefinitely until you realize Saturday morning, that voting week is over and you never got back to it.

I’m writing this article, as your Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner, in an effort to urge you to vote. I’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should vote and if at the end, you are still not convinced send me an email, call my extension (x56376), or come visit me in my office, and I can try to convince you some more.


Five Reasons Why You Should Vote in the CSA Bi-Elections

#1 The CSA has an operating budget of approximately $1.4 Million dollars. The Board of Directors ultimately has a say in how this money is allocated. You want to vote for the candidate running for your college’s seat that you have the most confidence in to make sure the money is being spent appropriately. Let me put this another way—you want to make sure that your money is being spent appropriately!

#2 The candidate(s) running for your college’s seat will sit on a CSA committee. The Transit and Health and Dental committees are two of the most important committees of the CSA. You want to make sure that if your representatives sit on this committee, they are representing your needs. Let me also remind you that the Bus Pass and the Health and Dental Plans are two of the services that the CSA provides that cost you the most money. You want to get involved in the decision making process, and make sure that the candidate you vote for will represent your needs.

#3 Every organization has its flaws and the CSA is not exempt from this. By not voting, you are not creating positive change within your student union. Instead, you are leaving things up to chance.

#4 Having the ballots created, and sent out to undergraduate students costs over $1000. Not voting, means you’re wasting a portion of the student fees you pay towards the CSA.

#5 Nin e candidates took a week out of their busy student lives to actively campaign in this election. A Week!!! The least you can do is show them your appreciation by taking 10 minutes out of your schedule, reading up on their platforms, watching the video’s provided to you by thecannon.ca and voting for the person(s) you think are best capable to represent you and your needs at the student union level.


Hopefully these reasons have inspired you to open your ballot and vote. I would also like to stress one more point. In every vote, there is a tremendous amount of power. Collectively, you, the undergraduate students have the power to choose who represents them on campus, municipally, provincially, and federally. You also have the power to have new services created, new initiatives started, new programs, and more. The first step is voting. Vote for the person you believe in. Vote, because your vote matters. Vote, because this affects YOU.


Voting Week starts Monday October 4, 2010 and ends Friday October 8, 2010.


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

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