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Ulster University students making sense of elections

Casting their votes are (L-R) Ulster University students Charlene Scullion and Anne Nelson with Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Grainne Walsh, Stratagem and Blogger Alan Meban Casting their votes are (L-R) Ulster University students Charlene Scullion and Anne Nelson with Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Grainne Walsh, Stratagem and Blogger Alan Meban

With thousands of newly registered young voters using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system for the first time in the NI Assembly elections on 5 May, Ulster University Politics students and staff organised a mock election event to demystify the STV system, ensure voters understand how it works and how to cast their vote on polling day.

Working in collaboration with the NI Electoral Commission, Stratagem and blogger Alan Meban (Alan In Belfast), students cast their votes using the STV system before going behind the scenes to help run the polling station and work in the count centre, adjudicating doubtful ballots and transferring the surplus.