Lent Term Elections
As a democratic organisation, elections play a large role in the activities of CUSU. If you are looking to host your own election you may wish to use our secure vote server.
Following on from our Democracy Review, we will be holding the Part-time Executive elections for the 2019/20 academic year this Easter term.
For the 2020 Lent Elections, we will be running the sabbatical officer elections for the new, Cambridge SU:
- President (Undergraduate)
- President (Postgraduate)
- Access, Education and Participation Officer (Undergraduate)
- Access, Education and Participation Officer (Postgraduate)
- BME Officer
- Disabled Students' Officer
- Welfare & Community Officer
- Women's Officer
These are full-time roles that will run from 1st July 2020 - July 2021.
|Tuesday 18th February||9:00||Nominations Open|
|Tuesday 25th February||12:00||Nominations Close|
|18:00||Candidates Briefing (location tbc)|
|Thursday 27th February||9:00||Campaigning Opens|
|Friday 28th February||18:00||Hustings (location tbc)|
|Friday 28th March||9:00||Colleges are sent materials advertising each candidates including their names and manifesto (to be pigeon holed/ shared by J/MCR)|
|Monday 2nd March||9:00||Voting Opens|
|Thursday 5th March||17:00||Voting Closes|
|19:00||Provisional Results Announced|
|Friday 6th March||12:00||Official Results Announced|
Single Transferable Vote (STV) system
Under STV, voters rank candidates in order of preference by marking 1, 2, 3 and so on next to the names of candidates on a ballot. A voter can rank as many or as few candidates as they like or just vote for one candidate.
Each candidate needs a minimum number of votes to be elected. This number is calculated according to the number of positions and votes cast and is called a quota. The first preference votes for each candidate are added up and any candidate who has achieved this quota is elected.
If a candidate has more votes than are needed to fill the quota, that candidate’s surplus votes are transferred to the remaining candidates. Votes that would have gone to the winner instead go to the second preference listed on those ballot papers.
If candidates do not meet the quota, the candidate with the fewest first preference votes is eliminated and the second preference votes are transferred to other candidates. These processes are repeated until all the seats are filled.