What does a vote of “no confidence” mean?
Voters must cast a ballot for exactly one slate or for “no confidence”. When a voter does not support any of the eligible slates, they may select “no confidence”. Selecting this option will still permit the voter to proceed to the next page of the ballot and cast a vote on all referenda posed on the ballot.
What does a vote of “abstain” mean?
Voters may choose to “abstain” their vote. When a voter does not wish to vote for or against any of the slate(s), they may select “abstain.” Selecting this option will still permit the voter to proceed to the next page of the ballot and cast a vote on all referenda posed on the ballot. Abstained votes will not count towards the 20% needed to validate the election results.
How many students must vote to validate the elections results?
The Direct Elections Manual states that 20% of the undergraduate student body must cast a vote in the election to validate the results (for the 2015: 3,420 students). A failure to reach this participation rate by the end of the election will result in the Student Senate electing the students to these positions.