Imperial Information Desk
Issue 239
New Citizens Welcomed: [November 27]
Aerica welcomes Sharli Achary, Scomo, Aisea Dool, Francesco La Gala, Sam Hayes, Aviral Verma, Eugene, Daniil Iosevich, Tyrone, Nunya Buznis, Emilys Wetseal, Cody Allen Meek, Drizzt Do'Urden, Genaro Grajeda, Rylan Lane Qualls, Anil, and Mikael Szarek.

Senate Elections: [November 19]
Elections for the next four-year term of the Senate have begun! This year, elections will consist of a three-step process:

Step 1: Nominations
From November 19 to December 2, anyone who wishes may nominate themselves or someone else as a candidate, via the mailing list or by emailing the Emperor. Candidates may be nominated in their colony of residence or another colony, but if they win in that other colony, they will have to relocate their citizenship there after the elections. You only require one nomination to be a candidate.

Step 2: Campaigning
From December 3 to December 16, there will be an official period for campaigning. People can post to the list, create campaign websites, whatever they want. Make a case for why you should win, or why everyone else should also lose. This should be kept civil; we've only very rarely had people try to make attack-based campaigns and generally they don't do well in the elections. People may also begin casting early votes during this period (see below for how).

Step 3: Voting
From December 17 to December 31, all citizens are free to vote. Citizens may vote only for candidates in their colony, meaning, if you're registered as a citizen of Psyche, you may not vote for or against anyone running in Mars Colony. The sole exception to this is if you are the candidate who's running in a different colony, in which case you may vote for yourself. Citizens vote by writing to the Emperor. Citizens may vote for one person, or may vote against one person, or may vote for "no one."

In early January, the Emperor will tabulate the votes. The two candidates with the highest positive totals (votes for, minus votes against, greater than zero) will become the new Senators for each region. A candidate whose total is negative will not receive a Senate seat, even if technically they come out ahead of someone else. If the majority of citizens in a colony for "no one" then all seats will remain open and we will hold a second round of elections while we figure out what went wrong.

Watch this space for further news!

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