OCTOBER 2016 ELECTION RESULTS
|REFERENDUM||“Do you want UCASU to support and attend the NUS National Demonstration in London on 19/11/16?”|
|Total votes: 120||UCASU will support and attend the NUS National Demonstration in London on 19/11/16|
|Campus Executive Officer – Farnham||Vote count and status|
|37 – ELECTED|
|22 – ELECTED|
|Total votes: 62||Phillip Dowler and Simone Ziel are duly elected as your Farnham Campus Executive Officers for 2016/17|
|Campus Executive Officer – Epsom||Vote count and status|
Sophia Teles De Silva
|10 – ELECTED|
|9 – ELECTED|
|Total votes: 21||Sophia Teles De Silva and Sophie Holden are duly elected as your Epsom Campus Executive Officers for 2016/17|
|Campus Executive Officer – Canterbury||Vote count and status|
|4 – ELECTED|
|16 – ELECTED|
|Total votes: 21||Jack Rawlinson and Michelle Wenmouth are duly elected as your Canterbury Campus Executive Officers for 2016/17|
How Voting Works
UCASU runs a system of voting called Single Transferable Vote (STV). This means voters have more opportunities to make their vote count.We ask voters to rank candidates in order of their preference. The candidate ranked 1st is the voter’s favourite choice.
Let’s imagine I wanted to have an official favourite 90s Disney film for the students’ union office. I ask all the Union staff and sabbs to give their preferences. They would fill in a ballot slip that looks something like this.
|Re-Open Nominations (RON)|
I fill in my ballot slip with Lion King as my first choice (because it’s awesome!)I also put Tarzan is my 5th choice, below Re-Open Nominations. This is because I think there are better 90s Disney Films than Tarzan like for example Pocahontas. So if my first, second and third choice don’t win, my fourth choice is for the whole election to start again and for new candidates to be looked for.
My ballot slip looks like this:
|Re-Open Nominations (RON)||4|
For one of the films to win, it would need 50% of the total votes plus 1. So total votes here is 14 (all the union staff and officers) which means 14/2 + 1 = 8. So for a film to win it needs 8 votes.
Here are the results:
|Candidate||Stage 1 - Number of Votes|
|Re-Open Nominations (RON)||1|
As you can see, in the first stage, Lion King has 7 votes in the first round, which isn’t enough to win.What we then do is eliminate the candidate with the lowest votes – in this case, Re-Open Nominations, which has one vote.
We then look at this voter’s ballot paper. They voted for Re-Open Nominations 1st and Lion King 2nd. As the second preference, this vote transfers to the Lion King and the new results look like this:
|Candidate||Stage 1 - Number of Votes||Stage 2 - Number of Votes|
|Lion King||7||8 - ELECTED|
|Re-Open Nominations (RON)||1||ELIMINATED|
As you can see, in these elections, 2nd preferences are often extremely important. They can completely change elections – sometimes the candidate with the most votes in the first round of voting is overtaken in second round because of transferred votes.
If you don’t like any of the options, remember – you can always vote to Re-Open Nominations (RON). If RON wins, we’ll re-run the election process for this position.
Why do we use STV?
Single Transferable Voting, wastes fewer votes – the person who voted for Tarzan is not ignored because they voted for an unpopular candidate, their second choice decides the election!So basically, STV, gives voters more opportunities to influence the election and let’s them get their second or third preference when they can’t get their first.This means that voters do not have to vote tactically – they can just choose their favourite.