How does the Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting process work
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.
When voting has closed, surplus votes can be transferred to a further competing candidate(according to the voter’s order of preference) if the first choice candidate is eliminated during a count or has more votes than required for election. Unlike other voting systems, where only a small number of votes actually contribute to the result, STV ensures that very few votes are wasted.