Campus Life

7 reasons you should vote in IGNITE’s upcoming elections

by Jamie Brackpool

My fellow Humber and Guelph-Humber students…

Your student government is here to make your student experience the best it can possibly be but we need something from you first.

We need you to vote in the upcoming IGNITE elections, from Monday, March 13th – Friday, March 17th. Here’s why you should:

Everyone knows what happens when you assume the right person will get elected

In the last 12 months, we have seen many political upsets. Great Britain was shocked after the Brexit results, and many U.S. political journalists were sure Hillary Clinton was going to win. If you care about a candidate then vote for them! They need your vote.

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Progress starts with you

A decision not to vote has just as many repercussions as voting for the wrong person. Progress requires strong leadership, and strong leadership comes from voters. Be part of a movement, make a difference, and have your voice heard.

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It costs nothing to vote

Voting is easy.

  1. Find out which candidate you like
  2. Walk to the booth
  3. Tick the box

I mean… it’s easier than waking up on a Monday morning.

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It’s more than your right, it’s your responsibility

Not only can you vote, you should vote. A democratic voting system – regardless of if it’s for a federal, provincial, municipal, or student government – requires the participation of all eligible voters. The student government represents the entire population of Humber and Guelph-Humber students, including you.

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Voting helps you stay informed

It’s important to understand what is happening on your campus. Changes at your campus affect you, whether you know about them or not. Here are some tips on how to stay informed during this election period.

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Impact future generations of students

The Games Room, Sleep Lounge, Student Lifeline, and Flex Insurance are services available to all students. The student body has access to these things because past generations voted for a student government who wanted to implement these services. Vote for not only yourself but for future students as well.

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Why wouldn’t you?

The same way Canadian citizens pay taxes to the Canadian Government, Humber and Guelph-Humber students pay a fee for their student government. You are paying for a service, so make sure you have an input into how it is being governed. Vote for a candidate who represents you, and your values.

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Make the most of your opportunity to vote and take the time out of your day to do so. If you haven’t already done so, find out who is running this year and what their platforms are on our Candidates page.

Cast your vote between March 13th and March 17th.

Voting stations can be found at:

Lakeshore

  • L Building, 2nd Floor near cafeteria
  • AB Building, A107
  • Roaming

North

  • IGNITE Student Centre
  • LRC
  • Roaming

Guelph-Humber

  • 2nd Floor near elevators

Orangeville students

  • Stay tuned for online voting instructions via email