Election Process

The Election process for Local 596 as per the OPSEU Constitution

  1. The Election for date for all the LEC positions will be on November 25, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, held in Kerr Hall West, Lower Level Gym.
  2. The LEC positions up for elections are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  3. To run for a Local Executive (LEC) Position you must have been elected as steward first.
  4. Should one want to be elected as a Trustee; they must not be a steward.
  5. Nominations collected prior to the election date and floor nominations must be presented during this the election GMM meeting. Each candidate candidate will have the opportunity to accept or decline the nomination.
  6. Candidates who have accepted the nomination will have a maximum of 3 minutes to address the membership.
  7. If only one candidate is standing for the position, that candidate will be acclaimed and there will be no election.
  8. If two or more candidates are running, the standard election process will be followed. The standard election process is described from points 6 - below.
  9. A chief scrutineer will be appointed. This scrutineer is usually a steward.
  10. Candidates will then appoint their own scrutineers to observe the vote-counting process.
  11. Voting must be done in person via the paper-ballot method as per the OPSEU Constitution.
  12. The doors of the meeting room are then sealed ('tiled' is the technical term) and the ballots will be distributed to the members.
  13. Once the ballots have been cast, the doors of the meeting room are opened.
  14. The ballots are then counted. This will happen in the Union office.
  15. A candidate needs 50% of the ballots, plus 1, to win: in other words a simple majority. If more than 2 candidates are running and one candidate doesn't get 50% plus one, then the lowest balloting candidate drops out and another round of voting is held.
  16. If there is no majority, Steps 9 - 12 are repeated until a clear majority is determined.
  17. A motion is made to destroy the ballots at which time the ballots are destroyed.