November 23, 2004

The dream of quorate elections and referenda

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

Hurrah, I've finally worked out how to blog, don't understand all these new fangled technologies….

Anyway, myself and my good friend John Cross (Returning Officer) talked about the idea of blogging the work we do for elections group (I am the chair I hasten to add) a few weeks ago, with a view to tidying it up and making it into a nice handy guide of how to run an election.

Anyway, I was so busy doing stuff for the elections that I didn't get round to making a blog, but since I'm now at home and have answered all my emails and should be doing some throughly uninteresting economics reading I've decided to start!

I will attempt at some point to log things I've done, but I've probably forgotten most of it to be honest.

Anyway, to the point of this blog. I have a dream….which is to run a quorate autumn elections and referenda (I'll confess this is rather an odd and short term dream but what the hey).

When I left uni today at 5pm it actually did look possible. I'm currently optimistic but not holding my hopes out too much. We need 2000 people to vote by Friday….. if you haven't voted go to the students' union website and get voting.


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  1. Can you tell us how we're doing so far or is 'it did look possible' as far as you're allowed to go?

    23 Nov 2004, 23:27

  2. I would prefer to remain vague at this stage, until the figures start to become more clear themselves!

    Some people might read them to be quite low, some would read them to be good it depends on your own beliefs about how voting patterns work.

    Every night there is a peak at around 7pm and everybody has their tea and procrastinates by voting. My own opinion is that it all depends on the success of this peak. If we've had a good peak we have an excellent foundation to build on, if we have had a bad peak then we may be in trouble.

    23 Nov 2004, 23:46

  3. well I've voted, and would thus be most annoyed if it's not quorate! My vote was just after we'd had a candidate come and encourage the two of us then present in the kitchen to vote, though here I hasten to add that at the time I was reading the Boar manifestos suppliment before voting!!!

    24 Nov 2004, 00:40

  4. Ok, we seem to have had a good peak. We have an excellent chance of reaching quorom (Approx 25% the way there on day 1). Get everybody you know to vote now!

    24 Nov 2004, 10:23

  5. I've already voted but I'll be sure to tell people who haven't to do so.

    24 Nov 2004, 13:36


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