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Voting Opens in NUS Referendum

Jun 17 2008 00:04
Ashley Brown
Voting has opened in the NUS referendum, closing on the 23rd June, but will quorum be reached?
Time to make the choice...

At midnight tonight, voting opened in the second NUS referendum in 18 months. Between now and 23rd June, both 'Yes' and 'No' campaign teams will be trying to get you to vote their way, but don't fear: Live! has collected the arguments and put them on our NUS referendum mini-site.

With about 1,800 votes needed to make the referendum valid, getting as many people to vote as possible will be important to both sides - if this number is not reached, the referendum will be invalid and ICU will remain affiliated to the NUS. However, the 'Yes' campaign cannot just hope for this to happen - if the 'No' campaign manages to get people out voting, they must get people on their side to vote too.

If you're reading this, you can easily be part of the decision - just answer the question "Should Imperial College Union remain affiliated to the National Union of Students?". Here are a few tips to keep you informed:

If this is all too much, we've asked both sides of the debate to distill their arguments into two things: debunking common myths about each argument, and a set of reasons to vote each way:

You can also read some of Live!'s other coverage, including a review of the 2008 Annual Conference.

Feel free to get involved in the discussion, by posting comments on the articles. Remember, voting closes on 23rd June and you'll be able to find the result here when it is available.

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Discussion about “Voting Opens in NUS Referendum”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Jun 17 2008 01:12

whats with the new election/survey site?? its a bit spooky how often it changes. Personally I preferred the "old" one.

Jun 17 2008 08:01

That's the survey site rather than the voting site - the voting software doesn't allow a 'Yes/No' answer, but the survey software does.

It's only at it because they started advertising it as that before realising that they needed to use the survey software instead.

3. Rob F   
Jun 17 2008 13:30

I doubt they'll make quorum. There isn't nearly the amount of publicity as there was last time (with all the penguins and s**t). I have a feeling apathy will be the "Yes" campaign's biggest Ally. In theory all the yes campaigners could just not vote leaving the "no" campaign to recruit 1800 to their cause (a tough ask in Imperial's generally apathetic climate - especially this time of year). Still, it'll be interesting to see the result none the less.

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See Also

  1. Pro-NUS Myths Exposed
    16 Jun 08 | NUS Debate
  2. NUS Referendum Debate: Recording
    13 Jun 08 | The Live! Debate
  3. Think of NUS as an insurance policy
    13 Jun 08 | NUS Debate

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