Thinking of running in IGNITE Elections? Here’s 5 tips.

by Scott Hokkanen

IGNITE’s election nomination period is in full swing, but before you start preparing your campaign there are some things you need to know.

For example, did you know that this year’s positions are different from last year’s? We’ve compiled some useful information to make sure you are equipped to take your best shot at acing the nomination period.

Here are 5 important things to keep in mind when thinking about running in IGNITE’s elections:

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1. Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria

First things first, in order to run for any position you have to be a full-time student who is at least 18 years of age. Also, you cannot run for any position if you are on Academic Probation, this rule helps protect students from losing focus in their studies.

If you attend classes at Lakeshore campus you have to apply for one of the Lakeshore positions, and same goes for the other campuses. Use your local campus reputation to your advantage!

Seeing as a lot of decisions you’ll be a part of will have to do with money, you cannot be an undischarged bankrupt. And anyone who has been convicted of an indictable criminal offence is also unable to apply for a position.

But wait there’s more criteria that has to be met… You can check it out here.

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2: You have to be knowledgeable of the Elections & Appeals Policy and the IGNITE Constitution

Running to be IGNITE’s President without being familiar with the Constitution will probably make your job a lot more difficult if you get elected. Get to know and love the IGNITE Constitution so you can lead your fellow students in an empathetic and just environment. In case I haven’t got my point across yet, you’ll want to read the two documents linked above, know what you’re signing up for before signing up!

3. Get to know all the important dates

Key dates are TBD for the coming 2017-2018 election year.


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4: You need to get endorsed by students

This is one of the most important things you need to know. You must get students to sign your Nomination Package in order to run. That means you and them, in person, putting pen to paper the good old fashioned way. (Note: signing your Nomination Package does not mean that the student has to vote for you – it simply means they support you running).

Where can I get a Nomination Package? *cough keep reading cough*

Download the Nomination Package

Your very own nomination package is waiting to be printed. Don’t have access to a printer? Come pick one up from your IGNITE office at KX202 at North or K204 at Lakeshore

Get the ball rolling on your endorsements, because it’s going to take some time. Go out and get to know your fellow students. You have to get a lot of students to sign your form if you’re going to have a shot at running in the elections.

Any student running for President must get 200 full names, signatures, and student numbers from full-time students at any of the campuses. The signatures must include a minimum of 50 signatures from two other campuses other than their registered home campus. Think of it as a fun road trip where you go around meeting people, sounds like fun right?

If you’re running for Vice President, you’re going to need 150 full name, signatures and student numbers (i.e. Lakeshore position requires signatures from Lakeshore full-time students).

The Board Member position must have one hundred 100 people sign off on them, and for this position the signatures need to be from the campus you are currently attending.

However, candidates running for the Board of Directors position in Orangeville must only get twenty-five (25) full names, signatures and student numbers from the full-time students of that campus.

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5. Pick the right position for you

All the positions:

(1) President (Institution-wide election)

(1) Vice President Guelph-Humber (Guelph-Humber campus election)

(1) Vice President Lakeshore (Lakeshore campus election)

(1) Vice President North (North campus election)

Maybe these positions aren’t right for you? Check out what it takes to be a Board of Directors Member, it’s an important position that isn’t quite as time consuming. 10 Board positions are up for grabs, so that might be the right job for you.

If you have any further questions make sure to check out the Elections homepage or feel free to email Vanessa Silaphet (vanessa@ignitestudentlife.com) with any questions.