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About the Electoral Office.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO): Alannah James (she/her)
Senior Electoral Officer (SEO): Hilary Graham (she/her)
- We are an independent office within the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS).
- We administer the annual elections to the UVSS Board of Directors, as well as any referendum questions.
- Our Office is governed by the relevant bylaws and policies set by the UVSS Board of Directors.
- The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) oversees the Electoral Office. They’re hired by the UVSS Electoral Committee, and can’t be a UVSS member (aka a current UVic undergraduate student), to prevent bias towards current students or candidates.
- The Electoral Office is independent, impartial, and non-partisan, and we take these principles very seriously. Our decisions are not influenced by anyone – and this includes the UVSS Board of Directors, Electoral Committee, or UVSS management. Not even if you bribe us with blueberry cheesecake. Hypothetically.
Most of our members are located in Victoria, BC., the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations communities.
Many of us are settlers or visitors on land that was violently stolen from Indigenous peoples. The historical and continued dispossession of land threatens Indigenous peoples’ physical and emotional safety, cultural and linguistic growth, and basic and legal rights.
The Electoral Office organizes elections for students at the University of Victoria, but we, just like you, exist within a wider context of colonization. We encourage you to think about why you possess certain rights (like the ability to vote) while others may not, and why elected Directors are rarely Indigenous – or People of Colour, folks with disabilities, and other marginalized identities (both at the University and broader levels).
We are always open to feedback in order to critically evaluate our policy and processes. Deconstructing colonial systems and rebuilding equitable ones is uncomfortable, hard work, but we are ready.