Lancaster Stands Up seeks to make the endorsement process as easy as possible for candidates and members. In the interest of transparency the following is our current endorsement policies and process.
How votes are held:
Lancaster Stands Up members can vote for as many candidates in each race as there are seats open. For example in races such as mayoral or congressional seats, each member gets one vote. In races such as school board, city council, and certain judicial races, members get as many votes as open seats.
Lancaster Stands Up will endorse the top vote-earner in each single seat race. The candidate must earn the most votes both among voters who live in their voting area (e.g., Lancaster City, Mannheim Township, Congressional District) and among the broader LSU membership.
Members can abstain from voting in any race. This will count as an abstention vote. Members should understand that if there are more abstentions than votes for the highest vote-earning candidate among LSU members who live within the voting area of the candidate’s race (for example, within Lancaster City), Lancaster Stands Up will not make an endorsement in that race.
In multi-seat races, the top vote-earners will qualify for an endorsement vote, but a standard formula* will be applied to determine whether or not the candidate crossed a critical threshold of support from our voting membership.
Voting confidentiality: While name and email are required to cast a ballot (to assure only members vote, and that each member votes only once) only the election committee will have access to this information. While vote totals will be disclosed, individual votes will not.
Voting Timeframe: Balloting occurs for three days from the announcement of the ballot.
Votes will be counted the weekend following the balloting and announced as soon as the results are determined.
Eligibility: Ballots will be considered ineligible in this endorsement vote if:
- The member lives outside of Lancaster County or the surrounding five counties (Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lebanon, York).
- The member became a member after the announcement of this endorsement vote. If an individual becomes a member after the announcement they will be eligible to vote in future endorsement votes.
*Standard multi-seat formula
(for determining whether a candidate qualifies for an endorsement in a multi-seat race)
The number of candidates running in a given race is divided by the number of open seats they are running from, and then multiplied time 50%. The candidate must earn above this number to qualify for an endorsement. For example, in this year's Lancaster City Council race, where six candidates are running for four open seats: (4/6) * 50% = 33.3% This means that the top four vote-earners in this year's city council race will only receive a Lancaster Stands Up endorsement if they are voted for by at least 33.3% of Lancaster Stands Up members who cast ballots. This essentially means that we may not always endorse as many candidates as there are open seats. This signals to candidates that Lancaster Stands Up's endorsement is something that has to be earned.