Why Should I Vote?
Here are the TOP 5 reasons to cast your vote in this year’s SU Elections?
IT WILL AFFECT YOUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE
The SU Officers that are chosen by you will act and speak on your behalf for the whole year. This means that it’s important you choose a candidate who wants to change and improve things that will affect you as each candidate will have different ideas about what they want to change.
THE SU OFFICERS WORK HARD TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE STUDENTS AT UoG
SU Officers are influential in ensuring that you and your opinions are represented to the University. This helps to ensure that the changes that you want to see are made. They also work hard to campaign for things that will improve the lives of students, and demonstrate passion and enthusiasm throughout. Voting can help your candidates pursue their goals to achieve all of this.
YOU HAVE YOUR SAY
Even if your preferred candidate does not win, having your say in how you want things to be run is very important. It is a small, but significant way to lead changes within the University.
ENSURES THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE SU IS A FAIR AND DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATION
The more students who vote in SU elections, the more certain we can be that the officers have been elected in a democratic way. This means that we know that as many students as possible are happy with their new officers, and it will mean that the Officers will have more support behind them when they represent you.
YOUR VOTE CAN DECIDE THE RESULT
Every candidate works very hard to secure the votes of as many people as possible. Usually the result is very close, so every single vote counts.
Alternative Voting (AV) is a type of voting which is fairer and more democratic than ‘First Past the Post’ voting. It means that the successful candidate has support from the majority of voters, as more people will have voted for them (whether it be as their first, second or even third preference).
Here is a video to help you understand how AV voting works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3jE3B8HsE
Got questions about the elections process? Check out the Elections Q&A page or email your Students' Union Representation and Democracy Coordinator, Jenny Barnes, at firstname.lastname@example.org