Interested in running in an AMS election or having your club or community group establish a fee through referendum? Check out this page for all the information you need!

What are AMS Elections? 

AMS members can vote and run for the positions of AMS Executive (a team of three – consisting of a candidate for President, VP Operations and VP University Affairs), the University Rector, or Undergraduate Trustee! Members also have the opportunity to vote in Faculty Society elections.

AMS Elections also facilitates the Referendum process with the establishment of student fees for different clubs and campus groups, as well as the Triennial Review process to extend the fees that appear on SOLUS. There are two periods during which the referendum occurs: October and January.

Elections and Referenda are a great way to get involved and guide the direction of your student government. Whether you want to run for a position or cast a vote, every AMS student has the right to participate and the ability to make a difference. You will see a ballot arrive in your mailbox first in late October, and then late January!

The elections for AMS President, VP Operations or VP University Affairs will be taking place in January 2023. Regular referendums occur in October and January.

AMS Referenda

Referenda, a process whereby the electorate (students) participate in surveys, and vote to approve or reject student fees. This is 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: 

  1. To establish, alter or continue student activity fees (more info below)
  2. Binding, non-fee questions
  3. 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. 

In order to apply to receive a student fee for the 2023-2024 year, please complete the packages provided here (validation and budget) and send them to by September 22nd. Referenda voting period takes place during the end of October.

Information on Establishing and Altering Student Fees Validation Package Referendum Sample Budget Student Activity Fee Policy

AMS Election and Referenda October 2023 Dates

September 22

Validation Packages due at 12:00 pm, for clubs looking to establish or increase their fees

October 7

Referendum information session

October 10 – 14

Nomation Period

Nominations due at 12:00 PM

October 17

Validation at AMS Assembly

October 21 – October 28

Campaign Period

October 29 – October 30

Voting Days!

online campaigning is permitted
2024 AMS Executive Election

Dates, how to run, create a platform and more!

Download Your Guide

How to Vote and FAQ

I didn’t get an email to vote. What should I do?
If you didn’t get an email, go directly to
SimplyVoting does not show that I am registered to vote in any elections.
Please ensure that you have paid all the AMS and Faculty Society membership fees, as well as are not on internship or at the BISC to be eligible to vote.
I have paid my fees and am not on internship or at the BISC, but I still cannot see the vote.
Email and we can figure out a solution!
How can I learn more about this process? is a great resource to learn more about AMS-specific elections and referenda, as well as our elections and referenda policy and procedure manual.
Is SimplyVoting safe and secure?
Yes! Using a third-party voting source makes it safe and reliable for the 19,000+ undergraduate students voting. If you want to learn more, head over to
How can my group get a fee added to the ballot?

The next period to submit a request for a fee is in November. Forms can be found on

2022 Rector Election

Owen Crawford-Lem was elected the 38th Rector of Queen’s University on March 21st 2022, and took office April 1st 2022 for a 2 year term ending in 2024.

Platform Guide

A great starting point template!

Rector Elections Policy

Rules on Nominations, Validation, Campaigning and Eligibility.

Contact the Elections Team

Alysha Ahmad

Secretary of Internal Affairs

The AMS Secretary is responsible for overseeing the administration of the elections team, and ensuring the process abides by AMS policies and procedures. 

Calder Bryson

Chief Electoral Officer

The CEO is responsible for organizing the logistics, marketing, facilitating the nomination and campaign periods, hearing complaints and issuing rulings and sanctions during the election period. 

Sylvie Garabedian

Judicial Affairs Manager
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