Referendum fails

The Student Centre expansion referendum has failed, according to the unofficial results released by UTMSU today.

The union posted the initial vote counts of 1,618 “no”, 1,548 “yes”, and 17 spoiled ballots on their Facebook page.

The total voter turnout was 3,183, about 900 more students than voted last year. This is equal to about 24.7% of UTM’s population, compared to the 5% required for the referendum to be valid.

No work will be done on the expansion this year, and the dollar-for-dollar match of up to $2 million offered by the university will not be granted without a demonstrated student commitment.

The results still have to be presented to UTMSU’s Elections and Referenda Committee for official ratification.

UTMSU’s website has not yet been updated, nor was the Medium notified in time to print the results for this issue.

Full coverage will be provided in the next issue of the Medium.