FAQ

This is what it means:

What is an "uncontested election"?

An uncontested election means that it is not necessary to hold a vote.

There is no need to vote if the number of candidates who have been nominated does not exceed the number of mandates within a single representation area.

The Election Committee declares the candidates on the list to be elected in the order listed. Non-elected candidates are regarded as substitutes for the elected candidates.

What is a "contested election"?

A contested election is when it is possible to vote for different candidates.

If several candidate lists have been received with more than the number of candidates to be elected, there is always a contested election. If only one candidate list has been received, but with more candidates than the number to be elected, a contested election is also held if the list is unprioritised.  

What does "cancellation of election" mean?

The election is cancelled if, within a particular representation area, a candidate list has not been submitted before the specified deadline. 

A cancelled election means that there are no elected representatives. For members of academic staff, it is therefore necessary to hold a draw to decide which employees will sit on the body. This is because employees are under a contractual obligation to serve as members of the university's governing bodies. In the case of students, it is not possible to appoint representatives, but you can choose to appoint observers without voting rights.

What are list pacts and electoral pacts?

Candidate lists can support each other by entering into "list pacts". List pacts are usually formed when one party with several local associations at the university submits several different lists for the election – for example the Student Council.

"Electoral pacts" are entered into between individual lists and list pacts – and possibly between list pacts.

The advantage of entering into list and electoral pacts is that it minimises the number of wasted votes. After the election, the mandates are first allocated to the electoral pacts, and then to the parties and list pacts having entered into the electoral pacts.

If two parties in the same electoral pact were both close to obtaining an additional mandate, one of the two parties can use the other party's votes to obtain an extra mandate. It is therefore relevant to know which electoral pact the individual lists have entered into.

Questions regarding the procedure:

How often are university elections held?

At AU, we hold ordinary elections once a year – at the end of November. In addition, by-elections may be held in the course of the year.

University elections take place electronically. You can vote via: www.au.dk/en/election

What does my degree programme/position entitle me to vote for?

Your employment or your education determines your right to vote in the election.

See what you can vote here.

Who can I vote for?

Election lists and candidates will be published at www.au.dk/en/election before the election.

See the current  election schedule for the exact date

How do I check my voter registration?

Make sure that you’re registered correctly and can vote for the appropriate bodies. You can see when this is possible in the current election time schedule:

1. Check your voting rights in the election system:

To check your voting rights, log on to the election system with your civil registration number and self-service password (WAYF). 

The link to the login page is visible on the front page of www.au.dk/en/elections when it is possible to check the voting rights.

When you have logged on the election system, you can see which bodies you can vote for and when.

2. Check your voting rights in the election list: 

If you are not registered correctly in the election system, you can check "the election list", which is a list of everyone eligible to vote in these AU elections. You can search the list to see how you are registered (when you do a search, you need to be aware that the search is case-sensitive).

You can access the election list in the election system and under ‘Current forms, lists and election circular’.

3. If you find errors:

If you have any objections regarding what is registered about you and your voting rights, please fill out an objection form and submit it to the Election Secretariat (by mail or e-mail)

Please note:

If you were registered on the election list with a fictive CPR number and you have received or will receive a permanent CPR number before the election, please contact the Election Secretariat at valg@au.dk

Otherwise, you will not be able to vote.

How do I stand for election?

Fill in the form for nomination of candidates and send the signed form to the Elections Secretary.

The address appears on the form but you may also scan the signed form and send it to the Elections Secretary by mail to election@au.dk.

Please note that the form for nominating candidates for the board must be signed by people standing for elections.

See all forms here.

What if my name appears incorrectly on the election list?

Fill in the objection form for election lists and send the signed form to the Elections Secretary. The address appears on the form.

See all forms here

When can I see the election results?

The results will be published at www.au.dk/election as soon as possible after the election.

See election schedule.

Questions to the vote and voting system:

How to vote

You want to vote electronically via www.au.dk/en/election during the election period.

You log on to the system with your AU-id and password for WAYF.

You cannot vote by post or vote on paper.

Can other people see what I voted?

No. It is just like an ordinary election. The people responsible for the election can see that you have voted, but not what you have voted.

All communication between your computer and the election system is encrypted, so nobody else can see what you voted.

Who can I get in touch with if the system doesn’t work?

Please contact The Election Secretariat.

Do I get a receipt?

Both the voting module, the Master’s module and the association module have links that enable the user to see their own data in E-valg. The function generates an HTML file that the user can open or save.

I think I’ve detected cheating/hackers, etc.

Please contact The Election Secretary.

What happens if the system “goes down”?

There is an emergency plan for holding the election.

If the system “goes down” and the election can no longer be held electronically, a decision will be made regarding the continued process.

If there is a prolonged breakdown you will be able to read more at www.au.dk.