A Handy Guide to Society Elections | SUSU LGBT+ Society

A Handy Guide to Society Elections | SUSU LGBT+ Society


Hello! I’m Kestral Gaian, and this is your
handy guide to standing and voting in the upcoming Society elections. Your society is run by a committee of people who do everything from plan events to
manage key relationships with the University and SUSU. Our committee is
elected democratically by Society members and as such this is your
opportunity to get involved by either voting or standing for one of the open
positions. Once an election is announced which means an EGM (or Extraordinary
General Meeting) gets called there’s a one-week countdown to election time. This means a few things. If you want to come along and exercise your democratic
rights to choose who sits on the committee, all you need to do is register
to vote by going to lgbt.susu.org and clicking the register to vote button.
You still need to show up for the elections, but once you’re registered there’s nothing else standing between you and casting that ballot on election night. If you’d like to stand for one of the positions being advertised the
announcement of an EGM means you have a few days to write a short manifesto and
send it over to the current Society President by email. See the EGM
announcement post for exact dates and times. These manifestos will then be
published on the secret Facebook group for the members to take a look at and digest
before the big night. You’ll also get the chance to give a short speech at the EGM
before voting happens. It’s important to note that you can also stand for a
position on the night of the election without having first submitted a
manifesto. If you’re standing for a role members of the current committee will
always be happy to chat and answer questions but please remember that any
attempts to influence voters by campaigning bribing or otherwise courting
flavor is strictly prohibited and will result in your disqualification. To keep
things fair and accessible there is no open campaigning for LGBT+ Society
elections. This means that outside of your manifesto and your speech on the
night you are not permitted to campaign or otherwise publicly advertise your
candidacy. Voting is conducted electronically and
anonymously, so please bring along a mobile device or laptop to vote from.
Announcements will be made immediately following each vote. So there we have it! A democratic process for a society that is run by and for its members. Get
registered, get those manifestos in, and I’ll see you at the elections!

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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