August 2019 Speaker of the Union election
Member States eligible to vote
Majority of votes needed to win
|Turnout||17 voters ()|
Nominations and campaigning began 21 July 2019 and concluded 28 July 2019; voting lasted from 30 July to 6 August (due to the positioning of this election and the Ministerial elections relative to the August 2019 Chancellor election, a lawsuit was brought which delayed voting's beginning by two days. Courelli served as Election Administrator. Ramelia was nominated and accepted on 21 July and Brys Questions did the same on 22 July. Both Ramelia and Brys Questions issued campaign platforms. Ramelia received 13 votes and was duly elected 15th Speaker of the Union; Brys Questions received 3. There was 1 abstention and 2 invalid votes.
There was a debate held between the candidates in this election, moderated by Courelli. The transcript of that debate is below.
Moderator: 1. What makes you more qualified than your opponent?
Ramelia: I have substantial respect for Brys, and she has fulfilled his previous elected and appointed offices' duties quite well. I also do not want to put down considering candidates without prior experience—when I first ran for this office in February 2019, I'd had none whatsoever and was drafting my very first bills. However, today, I possess a great deal of experience and knowledge that would allow me to perform the day-to-day tasks of the speakership effectively. As I stated in my platform, I have worked on maintaining and improving the Library of Parliament since its beginning, and recently, under the Hirematiyaale and Courellian Speakerships, I've been permitted to work extensively on records upkeep and creation of new records. That is skill the Speaker needs in order to be effective, and I have demonstrated it extensively.
Brys Questions: I am more qualified than my opponent by having spent time with not resigning for a mistake, Ramelia has been Speaker of the union before, and resigned over a mistake she made, and then disappeared for a bit. I am a strong leader that can make a difference.
Moderator: 2. Will you act to increase turnout in elections and legislative votes, and if so, how?
Ramelia: Yes. To begin with, I would ensure that, consistently, Member States get a telegram about nominations periods and voting periods in elections (only the second is required by law). I would do the same for substantial legislative votes as well. While turnout rarely surges past the low twenties, there are so many votes where it is much less, and giving notice to as many states as possible that votes are happening is probably the best way to increase turnout. That said, elections taking place on our beautiful voting portal have fairly often had much higher turnout than legislation has had, and I am looking into whether legislation could be voted on with the portal. While this is mostly dependent on whether there are ways to set up votes that are less work-intensive for NAR, it also depends on whether it is legal. Currently, it is not legal to use the portal beyond voting on Constitutional Amendments. I will be sponsoring a bill to amend the Voting Reform and Fair Political Practices Act to allow the portal's use for all votes. Regardless of whether the voting portal can be used for consideration of legislation, I am confident I can use better notification to help spread the word on votes going on.
Brys Questions: Yes, by trying to encourage people to vote on legislation, via telegram, discord. Though people may find discord pings annoying so their will only be one for when it starts and ends, telegrams will be sent out in the middle of voting. With Elections, more people have been running, and the voting turnout is more often much larger than legislation. So election participation will be increase with debates if the candidates choose to participate.
Moderator: 3. Generally speaking, how will you utilize the Law Commission and Library of Parliament?
Ramelia: Foremost among things the Law Commission is important for are writing and implementing the Bar Exam and identifying and working to fix legislative issues. One of those tasks is already complete as of about a week ago. I wrote many of the questions on the Bar Exam, and reviewed many of the others. It has come to my attention that there are some issues with some questions on the exam, and I will correct those as they are brought to my attention. For the next Speaker, the more major role for the Law Commission will likely be fixing problems in existing legislation. Where I feel appropriate, I would ask the Commission to pass orders sponsoring correcting amendments.
I also would like to utilize the Law Commission to compile an unofficial list of crimes in the SLU. Offenses are listed in numerous Acts, and it can be a daunting task to find and understand all of them. I am working on an order of the Commission which would allow it to create such a complete list.
As to the Library of Parliament, I wish to completely finish archiving of past elections and cases of the Court of Justice by the end of my term, should I be elected. I would also seek to add descriptions of Delegates' constitutional periods, where generally only officer terms are listed for recent delegacies. Easy access would also be a focus of mine—while records like our legislation are clearly listed and found, some records remain in disorganized and confusing categories, and I want to change this.
Brys Questions: I will utilize Law Commission with more people in it, and try to process more legislation or to amend them, then reveal to the public if law commission agrees, to put it in a debate period, then voting. With the Lop, whom ever I appoint, I will with them fix and manage It with them. With fixing, update flags and such.