Referenda, a process whereby the electorate votes to approve or reject student fees and participate in surveys, shall normally be held in both the fall and winter terms along the same timeline as elections. Questions on a referendum ballot may ask the following types of questions:
- To establish, alter or continue student activity fees
- Binding non-fee related questions
- Non-binding questions, AKA plebiscite questions, which shall be used to survey AMS members’ opinions or gauge support in relation to a specific issue, policy proposal or advocacy position.
Student fees must be established through one of two referenda, either in the fall or in the winter terms, where all AMS members have the ability to vote. Referenda periods are comprised of four parts – Nominations, Validation by AMS Assembly, Campaigning and Voting.