Voting at Congress 2021

Apply to become a voting member

Who gets to vote?

With around 450,000 members all around the UK, it’s crucial that any votes cast at Congress properly represent the views of the entire membership of the RCN. In order to achieve this, votes are distributed proportionately between the branches, forums and the UK Representative committees. 

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 now. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2020.

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) – you cannot apply to vote on behalf of both. This change was made in 2019 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
  • whether they were selected as a voting member for Congress 2020 (which did not go ahead due to the pandemic)
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 document which you should read before applying.


Apply to become a voting member

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Page last updated - 01/09/2020