Faculty Voting System Access the Faculty Voting System View an annotated system user guide Please see the FAQ below for information about eligibility. If you believe you should be eligible, please contact [email protected]. Frequently Asked Questions Who are the Voting Faculty? Excerpt from The Rules & Procedures of the Faculty of Princeton University, June 1994 (last updated April 2020), Chapter II.C.1: “a. The tenured faculty consist of the Professors and tenured Associate Professors, and the tenure-track faculty The tenured faculty consist of the Professors and tenured Associate Professors, and the tenure-track faculty consist of the non-tenured Associate Professors and Assistant Professors. The Lecturer Ranks consist of the University Lecturers, Professors of the Practice, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Instructors, Lecturers with the Rank of Professor, and Lecturers with the Rank of Associate Professor. The Faculty consists of the President, the Academic Officers, the tenured and tenure-track faculty, and the Lecturer Ranks. The President, the Academic Officers, the tenured and tenure-track faculty, and full-time members of the Lecturer Ranks are entitled to vote at meetings of the Faculty and in any circumstances where votes of the Faculty are taken. The University Librarian is also a voting member of the Faculty.” “b. When on full-time appointment, holders of visiting appointments and members of the Professional Library, Research, and Specialist Staffs are entitled to attend each meeting of the Faculty but they are not entitled to vote, except that members of the Professional Staffs who are assigned teaching duties and given the additional designation of "Lecturer with the rank of Professor" or "Lecturer with the rank of Associate Professor" are entitled to vote during the period of such additional designation.” When are Faculty Elections held? Faculty elections are held during two 2-week election periods: February Council of the Princeton University Community Faculty Advisory Committee on Appointments and Advancements April Committee on Conference and Faculty Appeal Committee on the Course of Study Committee on the Library and Computing Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity University Research Board (election not held in some years) University Student Life Committee Executive Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community / Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy Special Elections are held when applicable. Is my vote confidential? Yes. The system is configured to allow only Voting Faculty to have access, and to allow each Voting Faculty member to vote once in each election. However, the identities of voters (and non-voters) are not known to system administrators. How are the election results tabulated? Faculty election results are tabulated using the Single Transferable Vote (STV), which is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation in multi-candidate elections. Additional discussions of STV: Electoral Reform Society OpaVote Do I have to select more than one candidate? If an election has more than one section, do I have to vote in each section? You can vote for a single candidate, multiple candidates, or no candidates (by checking the Abstain from Voting box). You must vote for at least one candidate or abstain (see below) in each section of an election. Can I abstain from voting? Yes. You can formally abstain by logging in, selecting the election, clicking "Abstain from Voting", and then clicking "Cast Ballot". This will be registered as an abstension. Is ranking candidates important? Do I have to rank all of the candidates? In any section, you can vote for one or more candidates. If you do vote for more than one candidate, it's important to rank the candidates in your order of preference. Every vote counts in STV, and the order in which you rank candidates has a direct effect on the outcome of the election. You do not have to rank all of the candidates. The general guidance is to vote for, and rank, any candidate about whom you have an opinion. A somewhat opinionated blog post on ranking candidates can be found on the Public Address website. A summary: "if the election comes down to race between people you haven’t ranked, you won’t help determine the result, but if you don’t mind which of them is elected, this shouldn’t bother you too much." When will the results of the elections be available? Election results will be posted to the Faculty Voting System website within two weeks of the election close date. Results will also be announced at a subsequent Faculty Meeting.