Elections 2013

HOW TO VOTE

Everything you need to know about voting in this year's Elections.


Voting in this year's Elections takes place between Monday 3rd March and Friday 7th March 2014. This year, the Students' Union is introducing an online voting platform alongside its existing polling stations which is designed to make it easier for students to cast their votes to elect the Students' Union's officers for 2014-15. 

 
When and where can I vote?
 
Voting for this year's election takes place between Monday 3rd March and Friday 7th March 2014. You will be able to vote between 10am - 5pm (and until 8pm where specified) on these days at the locations listed below. 

In addition to our traditional polling station locations, students will also have the opportunity to vote online from certain University computers this year (approximately 1,700 machines) this year. These locations are also included in the table below.  

CAMPUS POLLING AREA MON TUE WED THU FRI
Greenwich Dreadnought Library* 10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Greenwich Cooper Building* 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Greenwich Queen Mary* 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Greenwich King William 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Greenwich Queen Anne 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Avery Hill The Dome* 10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Avery Hill Mansion Library* 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Avery Hill Fry 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Medway Pilkington* 10am - 8pm 10am - 8pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Medway Drill Hall Library 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Medway Nelson 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm

*indicates polling station location (you can also vote online at www.suug.co.uk/elections2014/vote from a University computer at the above locations)
 
 
How can I vote?
This year we are introducing online voting to the Elections! Here’s a step-by-step guide to our traditional electronic voting system at polling stations and the new online voting system at selected University computers. Simply click on a voting method to view full instructions. 

Voting at a Polling station

1. When at a polling station and looking at the voting screen, log in using your University of Greenwich username and password.

2. Choose the ‘Officer Elections 2014’ option on screen.

3. Read the Terms and Conditions and press ‘Accept’ to continue.

4. This will take you through to a screen which lists which positions you are eligible to vote for, and any positions which you are not eligible to vote for (indicating reasons). Some positions ('Black Students' Officer', 'Disabled Students' Officer' and 'Women Students' Officer') allow you to 'self-define' in order to vote. This can be done by clicking on the position and opting to self-define within the ballot page for the particular role.

5. Select the post you would like to elect first (e.g. President, Black Students’ Officer, NUS Delegate etc.)

6. Number the candidates from your first choice through to your last. To do this, select the name of your first choice of candidate on screen, then continue selecting further candidates in order of preference. You can select as many or as few candidates as you wish. If you wish to re-open the nominations, you can select ‘R.O.N.’ as a preference.

7. Select ‘Check and Submit’ to see your chosen preferences.

8. Select ‘Submit Vote’ to place your vote for this position, or ‘Back to Ballot’ to re-order your choices.

9. Repeat steps 5 & 6 to continue voting on as many further posts as you wish to.

10. When you have finished voting remember to log out!

If you have any problems or questions, please speak to the Polling Station Attendant present.

Voting online

1. Log in to www.suug.co.uk using your University username and password.

2. Next, go to www.suug.co.uk/elections2014/vote (or click on the ‘Vote Now’ banner located at the top of the home page). This will take you through to the voting page for the 2014 Elections.

3. Read the Terms and Conditions and press ‘Accept’ to continue.

4. This will take you through to a page which lists which positions you are eligible to vote for, and any positions which you are not eligible to vote for. Some positions ('Black Students' Officer', 'Disabled Students' Officer' and 'Women Students' Officer') allow you to 'self-define' in order to vote. This can be done by clicking the link at the bottom of the screen and editing your own personal Elections Profile. 

5. To begin voting, click the 'Start Voting' button at the top of the page. This will take you through each position in order (If you wish to do so, you can jump to a specific officer position using the drop down menu on screen).

6. When voting for a particular position, number the candidates from your first choice through to your last. To do this, select the name of your first choice of candidate on screen, then continue selecting further candidates in order of preference. You can select as many or as few candidates as you wish. Select ‘R.O.N.’ as a preference if you wish to re-open the nominations.

7. Select ‘Vote’ to see your chosen preferences.

8. Select ‘Cast Vote’ to place your vote for this position, or ‘Back to Ballot’ to re-order your choices.

9. Repeat steps 6 & 7 to continue voting on as many further posts as you wish to.

10. When you have finished voting remember to log out!

If you have any problems or questions, please contact elections@gre.ac.uk or a Polling Station Attendant at a polling station where possible. 


 



What positions can I vote for?
Our elected officers represent a wide demographic of students. Find out which positions you are eligible to vote for below.

Sabbatical Officer Positions

President 
All current University of Greenwich students based at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway are allowed to vote for this position.

Vice President Campaigns and Welfare 
All current University of Greenwich students based at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway are allowed to vote for this position.

Vice President Education
All current University of Greenwich students based at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway are allowed to vote for this position.

Vice President Student Activities
All current University of Greenwich students based at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway are allowed to vote for this position.

Part-time Officer positions

Black Students’ Officer*
Principle of self-definition applies - If you self-define as a black student you will be able to manually ‘opt in’ and vote for this position during polling. 

Disabled Students’ Officer*
Principle of self-definition applies - If you self-define as a disabled student you will be able to manually ‘opt in’ and vote for this position during polling. 

LGBT+ Students’ Officer*
Principle of self-definition applies - If you self-define as a LGBT+ student you will be able to manually ‘opt in’ and vote for this position during polling.

Mature Students’ Officer
Restricted voting – Students who are aged 21 or over by September 30th of their 1st year of study (based on the definition by the Higher Education Statistics Agency [HESA] adopted by the University of Greenwich.)

Women Students’ Officer*
Principle of self-definition applies - If you self-define as a women student you will be able to manually ‘opt in’ and vote for this position during polling.

International Students’ Officer
Restricted voting – Students who are paying overseas tuition fees.

Postgraduate & Part-time Students’ Officer
Restricted voting – Students who’s mode of study is either Postgraduate or Part-time.

Avery Hill Campus Officer
Restricted voting – Students who either study (home faculty must be based at the Avery Hill Campus) or living in the Student halls of residence at the University’s Avery Hill Campus.

Greenwich Campus Officer
Restricted voting – Students who either study (home faculty must be based at the Greenwich Campus) or living in the Student halls of residence at the University’s Greenwich Maritime Campus.

Medway Campus Officer
Restricted voting – Students who either study (home faculty must be based at the Medway Campus) or living in the Student halls of residence at the University’s Medway Campus.

Volunteering Officer
All current University of Greenwich students based at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway are allowed to vote for this position.

*If you self-define as any of the above groups your information held on the University’s and SU’s databases will remain unchanged.

NUS Delegate Positions

NUS Delegate (x7 spaces available) 
All current University of Greenwich students based at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway are allowed to vote for this position.



How are votes counted?
 
The NUS specifies that we should use transferable voting systems in our Elections. Often called ATV or STV , transferable voting is, essentially, preference voting. So the voter puts the candidates in order of preference rather than just indicating one candidate (as in the UK General Election).

For each available position you will see a list of names. You vote by putting your preferred candidate as your number one choice, then adding your second choice and so on until you have no preference between the other candidates. There is also an option to Re-open Nominations (R.O.N.) You can select this if you do not want any of the remaining candidates to take the post and would like to see nominations reopened.

The votes are then counted in stages with the candidate polling the lowest votes eliminated at each stage. The votes for an eliminated candidate are then transferred to their voters’ next preferences. So your vote keeps on working for you even if your first choice was eliminated at the first stage! This means that a candidate in first place after the first stage of counting is not guaranteed to win as those second, third, fourth (etc.) choices may make a difference.

Many people argue that this is a better system, as it elects the least unpopular candidate. In the traditional first-past-the-post system, a candidate could win a five-way election with only 21% of the vote, even if 79% of the voters dislike him/her. In preference voting, that candidate would not necessarily win, as all the voters may agree that someone else would be a better compromise.