How to Vote

To vote this year, you will need to visit one of ballot stations across campus shown on below campus maps.

The ballot stations are open at the following times:

Wednesday 26th

  • RUSU Lower Corridor: 10-5pm
  • Library: 10am-5pm
  • Park Bar: 12-8pm
  • The Dairy: 6-8pm

Thursday 27th

  • RUSU Lower Corridor: 10-5pm
  • Library: 10am-7pm

Friday 28th

  • RUSU Lower Corridor: 10-3pm
  • Library: 10am-3pm

At the ballot stations you will need to enter your student number so please have this ready when you go to vote.

  1. Click “Vote Now” on the RUSU Elections to begin voting.
  2. You will then see a list of the positions that you are and are not able to vote for. To vote for certain roles in this election you may need to self-define. You can do this by clicking on the link to your elections profile.
  3. Click “Start Voting” to see the first ballot paper. The position you are voting for will be displayed at the top, e.g. Welfare Officer. If a candidate has uploaded a manifesto you will be able to view this by clicking “Read Manifesto” next to their name.
  4. Click on a candidate to select them. You should select candidates in order of preference (1 being your first preference).
  5. If you want to make any changes to your order of preference, click again to ‘unselect’ the candidate and start again.
  6. When you’re happy with your choices, click vote and you will be able to review the order of preferences that you have selected. If you are happy with your selections click the “Cast Vote” button.
  7. Keep voting until you have voted for every role you are eligible to vote for.

About the voting system

At RUSU we operate a single transferable vote (STV) system of voting. Under STV candidates don’t need a majority of votes to be elected, just a known ‘quota’, or share of the votes, determined by the number of people who cast a vote and the number of positions to be filled.

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. This is repeated until one candidate exceeds quota.

Learn more

The NUS has created a useful video to explain the alternate transferable voting system.