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Voting at Congress

Find more information about casting your vote

Who gets to vote?

Votes are distributed proportionately between the branches, forums and the UK Representative committees. These ensures that votes cast at Congress properly represent the views of the entire membership of the RCN.

Branches and forums are allocated one voting member per 1,000 members. Each representative committee (Students, Nursing Support Workers, Stewards, Safety Reps and Learning reps) are allocated 7 voting places each.

Become a voting member

You can apply to become a voting member by filling out our application form. The deadline for applications is 29 November 2019.

You will need to decide whether you wish to apply to vote on behalf of your branch or your professional forum (ie your first choice forum) – from Congress 2020 you can no longer apply to vote on behalf of both. This change has been made in response to feedback on the selection process.

If you wish to change your first choice forum you can do this at MyRCN.

Who chooses the voting members

Voting members are selected by the committee members from each branch and forum. They take into account:

whether members have been active in the branch/forum or would be interested in becoming active.
how many days the member is able to attend Congress 
how many days the member is willing and able to vote
how many years has the member previously attended Congress
how many years has the member previously received funding to attend Congress
whether they are willing to meet with branch or forum committee members to discuss the agenda, before and after Congress, in order to provide feedback

Branch committee members are accountable to their Board for their selections, and forum committee members are accountable to the Forums Governance Group.

Voting member responsibilities

As a voting member you are funded to attend the debating sessions at Congress and must be seated in the allocated spaces at the front of the auditorium. You then vote on the resolutions on behalf of your branch, forum, or your representative committee. As a voting member you have specific responsibilities. These are outlined in the attached document which you should read before applying.



Page last updated - 19/07/2019