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Committee elections

On 14 July 2020, Senate and faculty council elections will be taking place. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the RUB election committee and Rectorate have decided to conduct them by postal vote only.

All eligible voters at RUB have the opportunity to request postal ballots by 3 July 2020, 12 noon, using the online postal vote form.

https://feedback.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/senatswahl/index_en.php

All members of the university are eligible to vote according to § 9 Higher Education Act of NRW. Eligible voters may only vote if they are listed in the electoral register, which is compiled based on the personnel lists and the matriculation register. The electoral office is available to answer questions regarding the electoral roll or eligibility to vote.

The postal ballots must be submitted to the polling station by election day (14 July 2020).

Frequently asked questions

Why are the elections this year conducted exclusively by postal vote?

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the election committee and the Rectorate have decided to hold the elections for the Senate and the faculty councils exclusively by postal vote, as personal contact must be avoided for the time being.

How will voters be notified about the election?

On 28.04.2020, all voters will be informed by email about the postal voting procedure and invited to apply for a postal vote using an online form. The election will also be announced on the RUB website.

Who is eligible to vote?

All members of the university are eligible to vote according to § 9 Higher Education Act of NRW, except the Chancellor and the Rector. Eligible voters may only vote if they are listed in the electoral register, which is compiled based on the personnel lists and the matriculation register.

I didn’t get an information mail. Does that mean I’m not eligible to vote?

Information on the electoral roll can be obtained by phone from the electoral office (see contact). Alternatively, if you wish to vote, you can register via the online form. If you are not on the electoral roll, the electoral office will contact you via the email address you provided.

Why do I have to register for the election and do not simply receive the relevant documents?

Since the personnel lists and the matriculation register don’t always contain the current postal address, we need this information to ensure that all eligible voters receive the documents in time.

How can I check whether I am on the electoral roll?

Information on the electoral roll can be obtained by phone from the electoral office (see contact). Alternatively, if you wish to vote, you can register via the online form. If you are not on the electoral roll, the electoral office will contact you via the email address you provided.

I have requested the postal ballot but haven’t received it. Whom do I contact?

In this case, please reach out to the election office by phone or email (see contact).

Do I, as a voter, incur any costs for the postal vote?

No, voting ballots are sent in free of charge.

Is the faculty council election also conducted by postal vote?

Yes, all eligible voters will receive on request the postal ballots for the Senate and, if they are members of a faculty, the postal ballots for the respective faculty council.

How are the nominations submitted?

In departure from the provision in the election regulations, the nominations are accepted electronically.

How can I register an election list for the Senate or faculty council elections?

The nominees are voted on in the respective status groups. Please contact the electoral office (see contact) for the senate election, and the election commissioner of your faculty (see below) for the faculty council election. They will submit the lists for the faculty council election to the election office in due time. For information on already registered election lists or list spokespersons, please also contact the election office or the election commissioner.

FAQ for election commissioners

Who is responsible for distributing the postal ballots?

All postal ballots are sent out centrally.

Who counts the ballots?

Both the ballots for the Senate and the faculty councils will be counted centrally this year.

Who compiles the ballots for the faculty council?

The ballots for the faculty council elections will be compiled centrally this year.

Schedule

  • Tuesday, 26 Mai 2020:
    Election notice/electoral roll are published
  • Tuesday, 9 June 2020:
    Last day for the submission of nominations and objections to the electoral roll
  • Thursday, 11 June 2020:
    End of the grace period for the correction of nominations
  • Tuesday, 30 June 2020:
    Nominations are published
  • Friday, 3 July 2020:
    Last working day for the application for postal vote 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2020:
    Election date
  • Friday, 17 July 2020:
    Election committee – confirmation of election results
  • Tuesday, 30 July 2020:
    End of objection period
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