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It’s Time to VOTE for your AUSU Student Council

It’s time to VOTE for your AUSU Student Council! There are 16 candidates and 13 open council seats. Ballots have been emailed to all AUSU members, so check your inbox!

Voting runs from Feb 25 to Mar 2, 2020 at 11:59pm MT.

Why Should YOu Vote?

Your vote matters – no matter where you live or what you study! AUSU impacts your experience as a distance education student at Athabasca University. AUSU council guides and directs your students’ union in its mandate to provide services, support, and advocacy for AU students and is part of creating an online AU student community. The council represents AU students at the institutional, provincial, and federal levels, and provides a voice to students when important decisions regarding your education are being made.

The more students that vote, the more relevant and impactful AUSU is. Listen here to find out why!

Get to know your candidates:

  • Check out their biographies & posters online here.
  • Learn about candidate views in the Election Forum.
  • Check out candidate interviews in The Voice.

How to Vote:

  • Check your inbox for your ballot (emailed Feb 25).
  • Choose up to 13 candidates
  • Fill out your ballot by March 2 at 11:59pm MT.

Your voice matters, and your vote has an impact on YOUR student experience. Check your email on Feb 25 and VOTE for your student council!

Find out more about the Election here.

AUSU Open Mic Podcast – We Want You to Vote!

Episode 21 of the AUSU Open Mic Podcast is now live!

Current AUSU student councillor Brandon Simmons and AUSU staff give an overview of how easy it is to vote in the AUSU student council election. The group also discusses how important your vote is to AUSU, making your students’ union more effective and more responsive to student needs. Listen in here!

Access all AUSU Open Mic Podcast Episodes here.

What Happens After the Election?

We will all be on pins and needles for the next week waiting to find out WHO gets elected to Student Council – and of course we will be announcing the results to everyone!

The election results will be announced at a teleconference meeting on March 5 at 5:30pm Mountain Time. All members welcome!

If you can’t attend the meeting, don’t worry! The results will be made available to all members on the AUSU website, in an e-newsletter, and on social media!

Following the election, there is an appeals period from March 5 until March 12, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the Chief Returning Officer at

The newly-elected council will also internally elect the executive positions from among themselves, following the appeals period, between March 26 – April 2, 2020. The elected council will officially take office on April 16, 2020 at our Council Changeover Meeting.

Find out more about the Election here.