Referendum Questions are Your Rights! Presenting and voting on referendum questions is one way that CSA members can be involved with democratic decision-making at the CSA. 

Information on past referendums can be found here in the CSA Elections Archive. 

What is a Referendum Question?  

A referendum is a question that is voted on during a General or By-Election by CSA members. It may result in the adoption of a new policy or fee increase. The CSA Elections Office accepts referendum questions during the Fall Semester.

Information on the rules for Referendum Campaigns can be found here in the CSA Electoral Policy Appendix. Email the Policy & Transition Coordinator at if you have additional questions pertaining to referendum question rules and policies.

Referendum teams may begin petitioning for signatures only when they have received final approval from the CSA's Elections and Referendum Committee. The referendum team must have the Petition Signature Form with signatures from 10% of the applicable membership verified by the Elections Office for final ratification by the CSA Board of Directors. Following this, there will be a campaign period that coincides with the CSA elections campaigning period, with the same final days being the online voting period.

How Do I Submit a Referendum Question?

Referendum submissions have closed for the CSA Winter 2024 General Elections. Our Elections Office and the Policy & Transition Coordinator ( are here to help your team with navigating the referendum process. For full contact information and office hours for the Elections Office, click here

Complete and submit the Referendum Question Submission Form to the Chief Returning Officer via email at The submission will be brought to the Elections and Referendum Committee for approval. Your team will then be provided a Petition Signatures Form to collect the required signatures for final approval from the CSA Board of Directors. 

2023 - 2024 Referendum Timeline 


Key Dates 

  Deadline to submit Referendum Questions 

  Friday, December 1, 2023, by 5:00 pm
  (last day of classes)

 Signature Forms due

  Friday, February 9, 2024 

  Ratification of Referendum Questions 

  Wednesday, February 14, 2024

  All-Candidates Meeting   


  Campaigning Period

  Monday, February 26, to Friday, March 1, 2024

  Voting Period

  Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, 2024



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Thursday, January 25th, 2024 1:44 PM