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Elections

Students' Union Elections 

Our elections run in more or less the same way as those for the UK's General Election, where our members (current students) vote on the officers they would like to represent them. Students put themselves forward as candidates (nominate themselves) and their application is suported by their fellow students.

Students then vote on which candidate they would best like to represent them based on their manifestos (plan of action) should they get voted in. 

Students vote online for the person they would like to be elected by ranking the candidates in order of preference. 

We use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system to calculate the winner.

How to vote or nominate yourself

Nominate yourself

Do you know someone who would make a great leader of the Union? Recommend them to run as an elected officer via the button below and send them an encouraging message

Recommend a friend

Select the election(s) you wish to take part in and the role(s) you wish to nominate yourself or vote for. When you're voting you can rank the candidates in order of preference.

If you experience problems nominating yourself or voting, please email support@sussexstudent.com as soon as possible so we can resolve these for you.

Before nominating yourself, please read our Rules & Guidelines about standing in elections. All candidates are expected to have read the handbook. 

If you're considering nominating yourself we've provided some information and inspiration for potential candidates as well as some helpful hints and tips from current elected officers on writing your manifesto.

You could be elected

Any student can nominate themselves in our elections. We provide training and support to help with elections  - and once you're elected.

You don't have to be 'the right sort of person', know everyone on campus, be 'political' or have relevant experience. You just need ideas of how to make things better.

Information for potential candidates »

Subscribe to election email updates »

If you have any complaints about the conduct of candidates or the elections process, you can contact the Returning Officer at returning@sussexstudent.com. Complaints about candidates must be raised no later than one hour after the close of voting, and complaints about the elections process must be raised no later than one week after voting closes. You can find out more about complaints under section 4.17 of the Rules.

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