Electronic voting, from start to finish
With 38 appointed candidates and 566 recruits, GL's new automatic system for full-time candidate and vacancy registration worked, when the senior senators in autumn 2013 selected a new Executive Board. GL's members, who voted for the first time electronically for the Board of Directors, acknowledged a high participation rate of 54%.
Our first experience with electronic voting for the executive committee election exceeded our expectations. It will not be the last time that we give the candidates the opportunity to put their candidacy forward electronically.”
- Endre Szöcs - Director of GL
The College of Teachers' Association of the Upper Secondary Schools (GL) held their first electronic voting in 2013 and chose later that year to power their main election. Candidates reported their candidacy by setting up a profile in an electronic candidate system, and the voting teachers set their crossings electronically.
The candidates made it all by themselves
GL's employees had a new "to-do" list when the election campaign of the main board was launched. In previous elections, GL received information about potential candidates and manually validated their eligibility. Also, all of the lords of the librarians were validated manually, and finally they made a presentation of the various lists of candidates and their lords. With hundreds of stalls, it is not a small task.
At the Executive Board elections in 2013, the employees will be relieved of these tasks. GL tried for the first time a system where the candidates report on the internet. The system automatically checks whether the person has the right to set up, and the candidate subsequently has the opportunity to present himself. The artists also get access to the system and invite people to be more interested in the list. The system also automatically checks whether the operators are entitled to act as a post.
In addition to creating a smoother process for GL's employees, the system gives the candidates a quick validation process, while giving them free hands to continuously fill in and customize the presentation of their candidacy - a presentation that many voters base on when they set their mark for the election .
Both the candidates and the election leaders in GL are happy about the new method. Candidates get a tool in which they can continuously follow and develop their candidacy, and the election officers are saved the administrative work in the manual registration, validation and presentation of the candidates.
High percentage of votes
Above all, in the digitization of the candidates' participation, everyone voted electronically over the internet. And a lot of people chose to participate. A support like the new chairman of GL's main board is pleased with:
I am especially happy that turnout was so high: 54 per cent is excellent for a committee election in a trade union.”
- Annette Nordstrøm Hansen, Executive Committee Chairman at GL
Assembly Voting Director Mikkel Leffers Svendstrup, who has technical responsibility for running various committee elections in a range of unions and associations, agrees with Annette:
It's not every day that one sees voter turnout in a trade union exceeding 50 percent.”
– Mikkel Leffers Svendstrup, Director of Assembly Voting
The many voters gave the executive committee a two-year mandate.
GL's main board is leading GL's work. The main board has 13 members elected by and among GL's members.
Candidates for the main board set up lists.
Each list must have a minimum of 25 voters.
You can only ask for one candidate list, and candidates can only list in one list.
When the number of headquarters is distributed on lists, the seats of the individual lists are allocated to candidates.