Elections FAQ

Here are a number of elections-related questions answered. If there’s something not here that you think should be, message your question to us using the Contact page.

Q. How do I apply?

You’ll need to come and pick up a nomination slip from the HUS Office, have it signed, and then return it to the office along with a manifesto. Nominations will open at 10am on the designated opening day, and will close 2pm on closing day. Don’t be late, as manifestos will be displayed as soon as it hits two o’clock! Hustings will then take place a few days later, with voting beginning immediately afterwards. Voting will open for two full days before closing.

Q. What’s ‘sabbatical’ all about?

It means that either taking a year out of your studies to undertake the presidency full time, or if you are a finalist staying on for a year after you graduate. Generally the presidency is taken in this way, but it is possible to run as a non-sabbatical candidate and apply to be President of the JCR whilst also undertaking your studies.

Q. What’s on the nomination slip?

Not much! It’s just a small piece of paper on which you need to confirm the role you are running for and sign it. You’ll also need to have someone sign to propose you, and another two people to sign to second the nomination.

Q. What do proposers and seconders have to do?

Beyond signing the nomination slip, seconders do not have to do anything (well, except to hopefully vote for you…) However, proposers must make a one minute speech in favour of you at hustings, and will do so immediately before the speech you will have to make.

Q. What goes on my manifesto?

Manifestos must be black and white, A4 documents outlining why you are running for the role and what you would like to do. It is probably advisable to speak to existing officers in order to make sure you don’t start trying to promise things you can’t do, and to break up your manifesto into sections. Remember: it is not a poster, so don’t try and be too fancy with it! They will be displayed both on the HUS website and outside the HUS Office so that people who can’t make it to hustings can make an informed decision.

Q. What happens once nominations close?

Manifestos are put up, and campaigning can begin. There are a few campaigning rules though, the main ones being:
  • You must not use any social networking sites
  • You must not put your picture on any of your posters
  • You must not include any religious, political, or otherwise objectionable content in your posters
  • You must not spend more than £5 on campaigning material (no giving out free sweets!)
Generally this shouldn’t be a problem, but it is likely we will ask candidates to bring copies of their posters to the HUS Office to be approved. For full rules, please come and have a look at the HUS Constitution, which you can view in the office.

Q. What is hustings?

Sadly, hustings is not a street way of saying ‘HUS things’. For Homerton elections, it is probably best described as a non-confrontational debate. Each candidate must have a proposer to make a one minute speech in their favour (the same person who signed their nomination slip), and then make a two minute speech themselves, outlining why they should be elected. Once all candidates have been through this, we then open up for questions. The first question is always asked by the existing officer, and then we will take between three and five questions from the floor. Questions must be answerable by all candidates, and must be general to the role rather than the individual. We encourage speeches and answers to be about why the candidate speaking should be elected, rather than why his or her competitors should not. The HUS is a friendly union!

Q. How does voting work?

Voting is done using CUSU’s online system, at www.vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk. Voting opens within two hours of hustings finishing, and is then open for two full days. It will then close on the second day, and provisional results will be immediately available online. These will be ratified by our Returning Officer the next working day, and then officially announced.