Michaelmas 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. The team elected will work alongside the incoming team.
|Monday 4th November||9:00||Nominations Open
Call for Referendum Campaign Teams
|Tuesay 12th November||Nominations Close
Deadline for Campaign Teams to come forward
|Wednesday 13th November||Time tbc||Candiates Briefing
Campaign Teams briefing
|Thursday 14th November||Deadline for amending materials|
|Friday 15th November||9:00||Campaigning Opens|
|Monday 18th November||9:00||Voting Opens (referendum and elections)|
|Thursday 21st November||17:00||Voting Closes|
|19:00||Provisional results announced|
|Friday 22nd November||10:00||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.