Elections and voting

Voting for the FSF's National Council (NC) will take place at the FSF AGM (which takes place during the Supporters Summit) on Saturday 22nd June. Would you like to stand for the FSF's National Council? The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Saturday 25th May 2013.

All FSF members who register for the Supporters Summit/AGM will be given a delegate pack upon arrival at the venue. A digital version will also be available from this link in the days leading up to the Supporters Summit/AGM. 

We appreciate that some FSF members might only want to attend the FSF AGM (Saturday 22nd June, 12.30-15.15) rather than the full Supporters Summit. Members can register for the FSF AGM only via the Supporters Summit site.

Voting information for individuals, proxies, affiliates, and associates

Of course, only members of the FSF can vote at the FSF’s AGM. Votes are cast by individual FSF members (one vote per individual), as well as associate (one vote) and affiliate member groups (five votes to be used as a block). The deadline to join the FSF if you wish to vote this year is 31st May 2013.

Any individual member unable to attend the FSF’s AGM is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. Anyone appointed as a proxy must themselves be an individual member entitled to vote, and can hold the proxy vote for no more than two individual members unable to attend, in addition to their own individual vote. The form used to appoint a proxy can be obtained from the FSF secretary Jon Keen, and must be returned at least one week before the FSF AGM to: FAO Jon Keen, 1 Ashmore Terrace, Stockton Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR2 7DE.

If the FSF representative of a member group (affiliate or associate) cannot attend the FSF’s AGM they should notify jon.keen@fsf.org.uk in advance with the name of any substitute official that they wish to send. Such substitutes should not just turn up unannounced on the day, or they may not be allowed to vote.

As is the case with all our motions and election procedures, if you have any queries at all please email our constitutional guru Jon Keen who will be happy to help via jon.keen@fsf.org.uk.

Motions

Fans care about a huge range of issues and members can set FSF policy via motions at our AGM. Any FSF appearances in the media, or stories on the news section of our website, try to fairly reflect these democratically-set, core beliefs.

So if you’ve ever thought, “Why doesn’t the FSF campaign for X, Y, and Z?” or have been infuriated by something we’ve said, the answer is simple – propose your “motion”, come along to our annual conference, and argue its merits. Your idea will either succeed, and be taken on as official FSF policy, or fail, and be voted against by your fellow fans.

The deadline for receipt of motions is two weeks before the annual conference. The reason that we ask for motions in advance is to avoid identical motions, to circulate information to members in a timely fashion, and to avoid spurious nonsense taking up time on the day. You might think it’s a disgrace that Wagon Wheels aren't served at your stadium, but this probably isn't what your fellow fans deem a priority.

This year's deadline for motions is Saturday 8th June 2013. Although we will consider any motions submitted after this date, we can’t guarantee to included them for discussion unless we’re also given a clear reason why they couldn’t be submitted before the deadline – for instance if they relate to a new development.

How do I submit a motion?

You must be a member to submit a motion but fear not, it’s free to join the FSF. To be accepted for debate, motions must have both a proposer and seconder, and both will be invited to speak on the matter.

Any motion should express, in the simplest form possible, what it is seeking to achieve, and set out the current situation in relation to that issue – you can expand on specific points in your short speech. You should also think about what practical measures the FSF could take to implement your idea. The most utopian and well-meaning ideal might be rejected if it’s deemed to be pie-in-the-sky by your fellow members.

The deadline for receipt of motions is two months before the annual conference. The reason that we ask for motions in advance is to avoid identical motions, to circulate information to members in a timely fashion, and to avoid spurious nonsense taking up time on the day. You might think it’s a disgrace that Wagon Wheels aren't served at your stadium, but this probably isn't what your fellow fans deem a priority.

This year's motion deadline is Saturday 8th June 2013.

 Delegate packs will be given to everyone who attends the Supporters Summit or AGM. Electronic packs will be made available to all delegates in the days leading up to the AGM.