November 26, 2004

Dan's Guide to Voting in the Union

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/voting/

I voted in the union elections and referenda yesterday. Don't believe them when they tell you that it's sexy. It's not. It's not even fun…unless you turn it into a little game, like what I did.

My approach to voting was based upon a number of factors: my democratic principles, pragmatism and superficiality.

First of all, I had to read the terms and conditions. Or, at least, I had to tick a box saying I agreed to them. The fun part to this was that there were a couple of other boxes that you could tick if you want to define yourself as a female and black. Needless to say, as I type this, I am, in the Union's democratic eyes, a black woman. You can call it making a mockery of the system; I call it upholding my democratic principles – I'm just exercising my rights albeit for the sake of a cheap laugh.

Next came the referenda. There are two motions: the one about reforming democracy, and another about banning racists and fascists. To be honest, I couldn't give a flying monkey's about either one, but as they want to be quorate I thought I'd be nice and vote in them. Without any personal preference, I was going to base my judgement on the strength of the two cases for each. There was a problem in that no one opposing the motion had submitted a case against. Obviously, to vote based on the strength of the cases, my vote should have gone for the motions, but surely I needed to make an informed decision? What were the cons of the motion? I felt betrayed as a voter by the Union. So I expressed my 'boo's to the Union in the form of Abstain.

Lastly were the elections. My strategy here was simple: first, I wouldn't vote for anyone without a manifesto. Second, I would vote for anyone who was running alone (no matter if they're a psycho – surely it would be way more fun if they were?). Third, I would vote for people I knew and vaguely liked. Fourth, for the postions I was still stuck on, I voted for the candidate who conveyed some sense of humour in their manifesto.

There you go: my guide to voting. Perhaps a little politics-geeky for some tastes, I admit. Now go and vote! Vote like the wind!

A message to Union hacks: if this contravenes your democratic code of conduct, let me know in the form of a comment and I'll take it off. Only to put it back on after voting has ended. Ta!


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  1. I think thats the way most people vote in the elections, which is why the democracy needs to be reformed to make less electable positions.

    26 Nov 2004, 12:48

  2. Colin Paterson

    Wouldn't going to the RaW website and voting for the best single of 2004,
    and also e-mailing arts@warwick.ac.uk you choice for the best film of 2004,
    be a far more constructive use of everyones time?

    26 Nov 2004, 13:30

  3. Colin Paterson

    Sorry arts@radio.warwick.ac.uk
    Vote now! :)

    26 Nov 2004, 13:32

  4. Lee Davis

    Having been a union hack many years ago many miles from here I had a better idea on the referendum motions (and voted the oposite way on one to the way the current hacks would like).
    As for the candidates I follow the same methodology, except since I don't even vaguely know any of the candidates it is purely a random number excercise amongs the candidates who bothered to submit a manifesto (with a final vote for RON to further reduce the chances of the remainder). Though since for most of the elections there are more positions than candidates they wil nearly all get co-opted on anyway.

    26 Nov 2004, 14:32

  5. Ben

    I'm still confused by something by the voting on the rascism issue. although i'm against all rascism, surely it should be down to us to decide not to vote for rascists, like in the voting system we have for the government in this country. Once we start banning people we find rascist or 'offensive', then dont we then start on a slippery slope to banning people who dont agree with the majority??
    And in terms of the elections…yep i go on the 'looks least of a gimp gets my vote' basis.

    And people excercise your democratic right of freedom of listening and tune in to The Ben n Andy Show wed. 1 – 3.

    And Westbrooks a gimp (sorry ive just been far too serious here, i need to be offensive at some point!)

    26 Nov 2004, 15:26

  6. Would that be the Ben n Andy Show on the fabulous RaW on 1251am? Also available on here

    And while we're on the subject, here's the link for voting on Single of the Year

    26 Nov 2004, 15:35

  7. Another excellent show is on Sundays from 12 o'clock. You should all listen in, for good music and top tips.

    27 Nov 2004, 02:09

  8. Ah ha! So Daniel that was you.

    I'm an in agreement with Ben on the racism issue. I like to draw a parallel with banning a random selection of songs in the union. Some songs may offend some people, but you can't just censor everything. In fact it'd be better not to censor any songs. Then you'd end up censoring books'n'videos'n'everythin.

    As for racists, we are all smart enough to know that racism and fascism isn't big and nor is it clever, but we don't have to ban people from saying racist and fascist things to know that.

    Hmm, I may have got myself entangled in deeper issues here.

    28 Nov 2004, 15:45

  9. Talia

    Hmm. Old union hack myself, once upon a time voted for the most attractive candidates for sabb in my first year! :)

    30 Nov 2004, 16:34

  10. milly

    Come now Tal, and last year (hee hee)

    01 Dec 2004, 03:19

  11. Talia

    Haha. No it was just first year, and I voted for Alan rather than John who I went on to lust after for the entire year!

    01 Dec 2004, 11:03


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