All Queen Mary students can vote online at qmsu.org/elections. To vote, you will need to log in to the website using your University username and password.
For some positions, voting is only open to a particular group of students, for example only students in the School of Geography can vote for the School of Geography Representative. For most of these positions, the system will automatically allow you to vote. However, in order to vote for our liberation roles, you must identify as a part of the community that is being represented. You will need to manually self-identify before you vote through our elections page. These roles include:
- BAME Reps (Mile End and BL)
- Women’s Reps (Mile End and BL)
- Disabled and SLD Reps (Mile End and BL)
- LGBT+ Reps (Mile End and BL)
- Trans Rep (cross-campus)
The voting system the Students’ Union uses is called Single Transferable Vote (STV). Under STV, voters are asked to rank the candidates in order of preference (1, 2, 3, etc). You can include as many or as few of the candidates as you like, but you can’t give more than one candidate the same ranking. For each election, there is also the option to Re-open Nominations (R.O.N.) -- you can select this in your ranking if at any point you do not think any of the remaining candidates should be elected and think that nominations should be reopened.
Once voting has closed, the votes are counted in stages. At each stage, the candidate with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated and the votes for that candidate are transferred to their voters’ next preferences. This happens until all votes have been reallocated and a winner is elected. In order to win an election, a candidate must win over 50% of the vote.
You can learn more about STV and how votes are reallocated here.
Voting from mobile devices (e.g. phones, tablets or laptops)
Students can use a range of mobile devices to vote in the elections. When they do this, their device technically counts as a polling station. As stated in the election rules (Section 5.1.5 of the Election Bye-Law), candidates and their supporters are not allowed to campaign near a polling station, so if someone is using the mobile device to vote, you should step away and allow them to vote without interruptions.