Referenda


A referendum (plural = referenda) is a direct vote in which all full members of the Union are asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal on a range of questions put forward by students at Sussex. Students are asked to vote “yes” or “no” to a particular question; the outcome of which shapes the Students’ Union, ensuring that it is student-led. Brexit is an example of a referendum at a national level. You can see previous referenda run at Sussex and the rules and guidelines for more information.

We are currently working on implementing our new referenda system, some of the content and references on this page may currently be out-of-date.

How to vote

Make sure you're logged in to our website to vote. You can log in at the top of this page.

When you're logged in, select the referenda below you wish to vote in. You can return to this page at any time during this period to cast your votes in each referendum. Once you have voted in a referendum you cannot change your vote.

Having trouble voting?

If you have any problems voting please email [email protected] as soon as possible so we can resolve these for you.

You can find lots of information on how to submit a referenda and key contacts and dates in the Referenda Rules and Guidelines.

View referenda rules and guidelines »

View previous referenda »

If you have any complaints about the conduct of campaigners or the referenda process, you can contact the Returning Officer at [email protected] . Compalints about campaigners must be raised no later than one hour after the close of voting, and complaints about the referenda process must be raised no later than one week after voting closes. You can find out more about complaints under section 4.40 of the Rules .

What is a referendum?

A referendum (the plural of which is referenda) is a vote that all students can take part in. The Students' Union has two referenda periods, one in the Spring Term and the other in the Autumn Term. Students can put a question to referendum through gathering 150 signatures on the online petition system . Any petition which receives 150 or more signatures will be considered first by a Policy Panel. This panel will consider the factual accuracy and legality of the question. If the panel is satisfied, the question will be sent to referendum. The result of a referendum is only binding if it receives 450 or more votes.

View referenda rules and guidelines »

How do I suggest a referendum?

Any student can suggest a topic for a referendum online or create a petition and gather at least 150 students' signatures. The easiest way to do this is to use our online petition system .

You can also contact one of your Full-Time Officers to ask them to submit it through Executive Committee, or you can contact one of your Councillors to ask them to take it to Union Council before the deadline for submitting referenda.