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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 22, No. 6. Wednesday, June 24, 1959

How to Vote

How to Vote

The essential thing in voting for the Executive is that must vote conscientiously.

This may seem an unnecessary statement, however, under a Nanson system such as we employe, it is of prime importance that each vote should indicate a genuine preference for one candidate over another.

Thus, 'pin and newspaper' type voting will not only cause extra work for our returning officer, but also this voting by chance will be a mark of extreme disrespect to the students who have had courage enough to stand.

The great advantage of our voting system is that it enables the voter to vote for precisely the number of candidates he or she wishes, up to a maximum determined by the number of candidates.

Thus if there are 12 candidates for the Men's Committee then you need vote for only 3 if you so wish it. Further, the Nanson system allows the voter to express an equal preference for two or more candidates.

So, if there are 12 candidates the voter might vote 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc., instead of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.; as he is unable to separate his second preference candidates.

Note that a vote such as 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, etc., is of little or no value as a means of separating the candidates preferentially, and the voting paper would best be left blank.

Votes which are not recorded as numbers indicating preferences will be declared invalid, so do Not cross out any names, comment on the candidates' ancestry, or put crosses in the squares instead of numbers, etc.

Finally remember that we are expecting the largest poll ever this year so once you have voted impress upon your friends the vital necessity of expressing their opinion also.

There will be Three polling booths this year but curb your enthusiasm! Only one vote per student please, or you will be liable to a disciplinary fine of £1.

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