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:
- Watch the Live! Debate on NUS Affiliation which took place on Thursday
- See the Yes and No arguments from our NUS mini-site
- Head over the voting website and vote
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:
- Pro-NUS Myths Exposed
- Anti-NUS Myths Exposed
- 10 Reasons to Stay in the NUS
- 10 Reasons to Leave the NUS
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.