A lot of questions are asked because they aren't a rule, or are an ambiguity from them. This is a list of a few common questions which we'll add to throughout the elections period, but as ever, if you have a question ask saelect@ or in the elections office.
Can I put posters up on phone boxes?
No, flyposting, which is putting up posters in public property around town is against the law and is not allowed (during elections or any other time). This includes phone boxes, lamposts etc.
I have publicity which can't be stamped, can I still use it?
If you have publicity which can't be stamped, then you still have to bring it in to the Elections Office to be approved and so we can check it against your receipt, as part of your budget.
Does every individual sticker have to get stamped?
No, you do not have to have every single sticker stamped. Stickers will normally come in sheets. Each of these sheets should be stamped.
What size should my image on the elections portal be?
Candidates are required to submit a photo of their likeness along with their nomination. The Elections Portal asks for images to be 96x96 pixels, or some kind of square-cropped shape.
How are votes counted in School President elections?
Every student has a credit-weighted vote in the School President elections. A first year student who takes a module in History, IR, and Psychology will have three votes, each counting for '20' in the appropriate election. A third year student who takes entirely Biology modules will have one vote counting for '60' in the Biology President election. This also applies to taught postgraduates. Research postgraduates may also vote in School Presidents' elections, with a vote counting for '120'.
Can postgraduates vote in the Elections?
Yes, postgraduate students are full members of the Association and can stand for election and vote for all positions except for the School President or two Faculty President positions.
Can I create my social media before campaigning?
You can create any social media you can keep private. Facebook pages have an 'unpublish' option which means it is entirely private. We remind you Facebook group pages are not permitted as a mode of campaigning. Facebook group chats are governed by the same rules as Facebook groups. Twitter cannot be made entirely private, so we ask the candidates only create any twitter pages after campaigning opens. Youtube videos may be uploaded, but not publicly viewable. We realise there is an element of preparation you want to get done, but anything you do must be entirely private.
Can a candidate support another candidate?
Anyone can support any candidate from their personal account. A campaign orientated account cannot publicly support a candidate.
Who can support my campaign?
Before campaigning begins, a candidate can up up to thirty individuals on their private campaign page. After campaigning begins, only ordinary, life, and honorary members of the Students’ Association are allowed to campaign for any candidate. (All matriculated students are automatically ordinary members unless they have opted out.) Staff at the University of St Andrews and Union staff are not allowed to campaign. Students who also work for the University or the Union can campaign only when off duty. No subcommittees of the Students’ Association, Affiliated Societies, Student Groups, or Athletic Union Clubs may endorse any candidate using any official website, social media page, mailing list, or general meeting.
How do I report a rule violation?
If you would like to report a rule violation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with evidence.