What are these elections for?
A. Autumn Elections are for electing:
Does my vote count and make a difference?
- 7 of our 8 SU Execs: Postgraduate, Development, Democracy, Welfare, Education, Sports and Societies
- Our Postgraduate Faculty Reps
- Our Part-time and Mature Students Officer Spring Elections are for electing:
- Our 7 Sabbatical Officers: President, Education, Democracy & Development, Societies, Sports, Postgraduate and Welfare and Campaigns
- Our Undergraduate Faculty Reps
- Our Liberation Officers and Environment and Ethics Officer
- Our NUS Delegates
A. Absolutely it does! In last year’s elections alone, a candidate won by only 30 out of several thousand votes to become your current Sabbatical Officer. Most Sabbatical Officer elections are decided by less than 200 votes. Quite simply, your vote and the vote of just everyone in your lecture could change the entire result. So don’t let the decisions be made on your behalf - vote!
A. Voting is all online at www.warwicksu.com/elections
Where can I find out about the candidates and what they stand for?
A. You can find the full candidate list at www.warwicksu.com/elections. All the candidates will upload manifestos here so have a browse and see who you’d like to cast your vote for.
A. STV, or Single Transferable Vote, is a system of preferential voting designed to minimise 'wasted' votes and provide proportional representation.
A. RON isn't actually a candidate – it stands for Re-Open Nominations. You can put RON as a preference if you feel that the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position. Voting RON is an active vote against the other candidates – it's not an expression of indifference. If Re-Open Nominations is elected to a position then nominations for that post are re-opened at a later date.
A. Quorum is the minimum number of votes that have to be cast in order for the election to be valid. We don't think it's particularly democratic if a handful of people decide who your lead representatives are so quorum figures are outlined in the governing documents to make sure your Officers are legitimate.
A. Each candidate is able to put two manifestos together – one online and one for a Manifesto Booklet. This is essentially where they outline what their pledges are (i.e. what they're promising to do if elected) and summarise any experience they think is relevant.