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I have in my hand a piece of paper. Well, two pieces of paper and a booklet of manifestos. They arrived in a brown envelope, and are much more pleasing than the normal types of things that arrive in brown envelopes :)

Yes, it's the time of the year for LGBT+ LD elections, and they're even more exciting than normal this year because we're not just electing the exec, but the chair too. So I have 16 pages of manicfestos to read and then I get to choose who to vote for. I'm not going to tell you who I'm going to vote for, but I am going to give you a couple of Dos and Don'ts for Manifesto writing, in case you're ever standing for election for a party body
  1. Do: Put your name on it. Seriously, if I have to flip to the back of the book to see whose manifesto I'm reading you've lost my vote already.

  2. Don't: have huge walls of text in tiny font. The tl;dr reflex is hard to suppress when you have many manifestos to read. I will read it, because I am conscientious like that, but many people won't.

  3. Do: actually say something. Not just managementspeak. Say something of substance: what you believe in, what you plan to do, ANYTHING.

  4. Don't: think that a pretty design will make up for not saying anything. Pretty design is good, don't get me wrong, but content is king.

  5. Do: use pictures - but don't overuse them.

  6. Don't: patronise people. If you're talking down to people, or they feel like you are, they won't want to vote for you.

  7. Do: make people laugh if you can. This might be controversial, and certainly I only mean this for internal elections, but the person who will be getting my #1 for exec member in this election is getting it because (s)he made me LOL.
Good luck to all the candidates in this election (even the one who didn't submit a manifesto at all, bless him). I know who I'm voting for; I hope the other members of plus do too :) The voter number on the top of my ballot paper has 40 digits in it, so I guess the membership has gone up a LOT since I was a member of the exec... ;)

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephensliberaljournal.blogspot.com
Going away to check how I come up on the Jennie Rigg test then ;)

Stephen

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephensliberaljournal.blogspot.com
I tend to do the same thing for every internal election. Because sometimes separating on pure policy is too much of a muchness.

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephensliberaljournal.blogspot.com
Mummy and daddy were teachers :)

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
I *strongly* suspect we're voting the same way for chair, and that our top four preferences will be the same (maybe not in the same order, but they'll be the same ones...) -- possibly the top five, as my fifth preference is for someone I don't know but who Holly says is essential. I've only been able to give preferences at all to six of the twelve candidates.

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
Actually, thinking about it, my fifth preference is probably your number one. Which means our top fives will probably be the same, but shuffled...

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
If we *weren't* voting the same way for chair I'd be wondering which one of us had been replaced by a pod person.

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
It does look pretty spooky. Sometimes if I wake up at night and he's facing me I worry he's been attacked by some kind of facehugger.

But I don't tihnk it's made him into a pod person.

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
Not so far, but I'm away this weekend so hopefully it won't get him while I'm gone.

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
You know how impossible it is for me to cope without you. You'll get back to find a gigantic slobbering beast covered with slime.
Just like always.

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
Aw!

it's funny cos it's true.

I look forward to that then tomorrow. x

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
I feel sorry for the one who didn't submit a manifesto; apparently he didn't see the 4 or 5 e-mails from the RO in his spam filter until after the deadline.

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
Yeah, it's a shame especially because he isn't as well known a candidate (to me) as some of the incumbents and etc; I was looming forward to getting to know him a little.

We now have plans to try to prevent this from happening in future elections.

Brown envelopes

Date: Monday, October 21st, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
po8crg: A cartoon of me, wearing a panama hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] po8crg
Are deliberately chosen to be as anonymous as possible in order to minimize the chance of outing any of our members (to the postie, or to parents or other people they live with).

Re: Brown envelopes

Date: Monday, October 21st, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
po8crg: A cartoon of me, wearing a panama hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] po8crg
Can't claim credit, Mx Yockney gets that.

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