Run a successful RCN election campaign

As a candidate, you can find advice on how to run your campaign effectively and encourage members to vote in an RCN election on this page.

The best time to start your campaign

You can start to campaign as soon as you have decided to stand. It is best to focus your efforts immediately before and during the voting period.

Voting begins when members receive their ballot papers or voting email.

Most members cast their vote within a couple of weeks of receiving their ballot paper or voting email, but there will always be members who leave voting until the last minute, so make sure you campaign and canvas members for the entire voting period.

The most effective ways to campaign

Networking – face to face communication is the most effective way to get across a message. Talk to people in the workplace and at events such as conferences, seminars and workshops. NB If you have been invited to speak at an RCN event/meeting, or on behalf of the RCN, you cannot use this platform to promote your candidacy or to solicit votes.

Offline channels – traditional forms of communication such as posters, flyers, and letters are also excellent ways of getting across a message. 

Online channels – online media and social networking offers instant and often free ways of spreading the word and extending reach. Unlike traditional forms of communication, candidates can open up a world of instant and direct communication with people. Use channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as email campaigns, or even set up a dedicated blog.

What you cannot do during your campaign

As a candidate you cannot use any RCN resources as part of your campaign (unless they have been supplied for that purpose). For example, you cannot:

  • ask RCN staff to forward emails or other information for you
  • ask for information about you to be included in any RCN publications
  • use meetings/events for promotion except where we have facilitated it to promote the election (i.e. a hustings event)
  • use the RCN "hands" logo.
We cannot supply you with contact details for other RCN members; nor can you use contact lists that you have acquired as part of any role you have held in the RCN. This would contravene the RCN policy on data protection which is in line with current data protection laws and principles.

How the RCN will support you with your campaign

We will place a copy of your election statement and career information along with a photograph (if you provide it) on the RCN website. Potential voters will be able to view this to help them make their decision.

We can include a contact email address, phone number, and links to your social media profiles on the website for members to use to contact you.

We will also send emails and other communications to members during the voting period to promote the vote. These will direct members to all candidates' election statements and career information on our website.  

Because of data protection laws we cannot supply candidates with contact details for RCN members.