If you want to make your mark on the party by contributing to one of the volunteer committees that run things, then the first step is getting nominated.
To help you do that, we’ve produced this guide.
First though, you probably need to know which positions are currently open. Those posts are:
Ordinary Member, Membership Development Committee (1 post)*
Ordinary Member, Board (1 post)*
Ordinary Member, Finance & Resources Committee (2 posts)*
*These posts are open to members of the Welsh Liberal Democrats only
How to get nominated
The first step to getting nominated is to submit your Consent to Nominations form.
You can do that online here: www.libdems.org.uk/consent-to-nominations
Or you can download the paper form here:
The paper form must be returned to Internal Elections Team, Liberal Democrats, 4 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR
To fill out the form, you’ll need to know:
The email the party has on file for you (to find this out search your inbox for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org and check which email it says in the footer, which is the grey box at the very bottom) and;
Your membership number (which can be found in the same place, or by emailing email@example.com).
You should then get an automatic email back telling you if your Consent form has been accepted. If you use a different email address or there’s a problem with your membership, you’ll get an email back telling you who to contact about that.
You then need to wait to be added to the online nomination form.
The team will add you to the online nomination form within 1 working day.
To collect online nominations, you’ll need to give people this link: www.libdems.org.uk/nominate - that’ll let them request their Unique Nomination Code, which they can then use on the form we’ll email them to nominate you.
When someone nominates you, you’ll get an email confirming that you have a new nomination.
You can start collecting paper signatures right away by downloading the paper form here:
You can ask people to nominate you in person, online or via email if you already have their contact details. If you have access to Lighthouse or Connect, or any other party data, you can’t use this to contact people about nominating you - and doing so may disqualify you from the election.
You can ask people to nominate you in either of the following Facebook groups (if you are not a Facebook user a member of the Elections team will be happy to post on your behalf, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this):
Liberal Democrat Election Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LibDemElections/
Welsh Liberal Democrats Members Forum: https://www.facebook.com/groups/405603636761569/
Once you’ve crossed the nomination threshold (5 Welsh members for these elections), the team will manually check your nominations and then tell you if you’re nominated or not within 1 working day.
Some nominations may be disqualified (for example if a member residing in another state has nominated you) and that might mean you need to collect more. As a rule, try and aim for at least 10% more nominations than you need, in case there are problems.
Once you’re nominated, you need to submit a manifesto. The link to do that will be emailed to you once you’ve completed your consent form.
Manifestos can use 1 side of A5 and must be supplied in either a PDF, .doc, .docx or .odf format and be less than 10mb in size. They can only be uploaded to the online form.
If you need help doing this, please email email@example.com.
Your artwork will then be checked and approved (or not) that process can take 3-5 days and the deadline for submission of artwork is 5pm on the 13th March.
Any artwork received after this deadline will not appear on the ballot - so it’s best to do this early!
And that’s it! It’s best to sort your consent form and manifesto as early as possible, as that will give us the maximum amount of time to check your submission and ensure you get nominated.
Please note: if you have access requirements that make any of these steps tricky to accomplish, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - we’ll be happy to look at making reasonable adjustments to the process.