How to Vote
The following describes the voting process:
- Go to https://elections.ru.ac.za.
- Click on the "Continue" button, and then log in with your Rhodes username and password (the same one you use for ROSS, Internet & e-mail).
- Once you've logged in, you should see a list of elections you're eligible to vote for (if you don't see any elections, there are either no elections running, or you're not eligible to vote in any election).
- You'll note that the old "general" election is in fact a number of different, separate elections, one for each portfolio. This is so that you can perform each valid voting operation (casting a ballot, spoiling a ballot, or abstaining) separately and independently for each portfolio.
- For each election you wish to vote in, select the election from the list by clicking on its name. If you wish to ABSTAIN from voting in a particular election, simply do not cast a ballot for it. (Abstentions do not count to quorum.)
- When you select an election to vote in, you will be issued a unique ballot paper for that election. This ballot paper is completely anonymous and cannot be tied back to you. For this reason, it has a serial number that identifies it — if you don't want to complete the voting process immediately, you must make a note of the serial number or you won't be able to get your ballot paper back. Keep your ballot paper's serial number secret — it is what preserves your anonymity.
- In most cases, however, you'd simply click on the link to load your ballot paper and cast your vote immediately.
- Select the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. Different elections allow you to vote for different numbers of candidates, so look at the instructions carefully. If you want to SPOIL your ballot, simply cast a vote for no candidates. (Spoilt ballots are counted towards the quorum.)
- If you need help choosing a candidate, read the manifestos.
- Cast your ballot by clicking on the "Vote" button.
- You can then return to the list of elections and vote in the next election.
The choice is yours — use it wisely