How to Vote

Please refer to the Annual Elections Timeline to see when the voting period for each election opens.

To vote online

  1. Log in to www.rusu.co.uk
  2. Go to the elections pages and select the election you wish to vote in from the left-hand sidebar
  3. Click on the ‘Vote’ button
  4. You will then be shown the list of candidates standing in the Election
  5. To find out more about each candidate and their reasons for running in the Election, click on ‘Manifesto’
  6. To vote, number the candidates in order of preference (1 being your first preference, 2 being your second preference and so on)
  7. If you feel that none of or the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position, you should select re-open nominations (RON)
  8. Click ‘Submit’ to confirm your choices

What is RON?

RON stands for re-open nominations. When voting, RON will also appear as a candidate. You can choose RON as a preference if you feel that none of or the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position.

A first preference vote for RON is a request to restart the election process for this election, rather than electing someone in this election.

What is the voting system?

RUSU uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which provides voters with much more choice and influence. 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

Problems voting?

If you are experiencing difficulties voting online, please contact elections@rusu.co.uk.

If you have any questions about self-definition, please contact RUSU’s electons@rusu.co.uk


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