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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.

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
  • request access to member data including circulation lists
  • ask for information about you to be included in any RCN publications
  • use the RCN logo.

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 and/or phone number on the website for members to use.

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.