How to vote
A guide for voting and how it works.
Your vote counts more than once!
We use a voting system called Alternative Transferable Vote (ATV). Alternative Transferable Vote (ATV) is commonly used in many students’ unions for electing single positions such as President, VP Sports etc. The difference between this system and the ‘first past the post’ system as used in the General Elections is that it allows the voter to express a preference for candidates in the order in which they would ‘like’ them by placing a 1, 2, 3 and so on next to the candidate of their choice in order of preference. The voter can express as few preferences as they wish, or they can rank all the candidates. It also means that your vote continues to count if your first preference is not elected.
Where can I vote?
UPSU's voting platform is online and you can vote directly from your browser from where ever you are in the world. All you need is your University of Plymouth student login.
Online voting login
When voting is open, you can vote online by logging in with your university computer account. You need your University of Plymouth computer account (institutional login) username and password to access the Student Elections platform either on or off campus. This is the same account you use to access library computers and other University systems.
What if I don’t like the candidates?
There is always one other candidate – under this system you can express a preference for Reopen Nominations (RON). RON is a valid candidate and will promise that the election will be re-run if it wins the election. This is used if you feel the candidates are not suitable for the job and, if you would like to see the nominations re-opened for others to stand in addition to the original candidates. However RON shouldn’t be used and abused for the wrong reasons.