How to Vote


RUSU uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which provides voters with much more choice and influence. It is the most fair and effective way of electing a candidate. Voters rank the candidates in order of preference. If no single candidate reaches quota after the first preference votes are counted, the least popular candidate is eliminated and their votes are transferred proportionally to the candidates, according to your specified preferences. STV means candidates do not need the majority of votes to win, but instead a “quota” or proportion of the vote. The ‘’quota’’ is determined by the number of votes cast and the number of posts to be filled.

When voting you will be asked to list your candidates in order of your preference (first, second, third and so on).  You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you want.

To find out more about this system, have a look at the following video

How to vote

  1. Log in to
  2. Go to the elections page.
  3. Click the post list to see which positions you are able to vote for.
  4. Click the candidate list to see who is running for each position and to see their manifestos.
  5. Click on the ‘Vote’ button. You will then be shown the list of positions that you can vote for again.
  6. To vote, click on the position you wish to vote for and number the candidates in order of preference (1 being your first preference, 2 being your second preference and so on). If you feel that none of or the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position, you should select re-open nominations (RON).
  7. Click ‘Confirm Vote’ to confirm your choices.
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