About the race
GUFF 2013 is now on. Candidates for the Europe to Australasia race are: Julie McMurray and Mihaela Marija Perkovic. You can vote via Paypal [see (http://guff.lostcarpark.com/vote)] or send cheque (made out to ‘GUFF’) or money order or cash in person to James Shields. 7 The Way, Highlands, Drogheda, Co. Meath, Ireland ( email james [at] lostcarpark [dot] com); or Kylie Ding, 80A Forrest Street, FREMANTLE WA 6160, AUSTRALIA (email kylie_ding [at] hotmail [dot] com).
Voting ends on Monday, 7th January 2013 at 23:59GMT.
About the candidates
Julie's nominators are James Bacon, Emma King, Jim Mowatt, Dave Cake and Richard Crawshaw
Mihaela's nominators are Cheryl Morgan, Carolina Gómez Lagerlöf, Cristian Tamas, Anna Hepworth and Adrian Smith.
Please write your name and some contact details in case the administrators need to get in touch
Residence: _____ European _____ Australasian _____ Other
Enclosed is ____________ as a contribution to GUFF (minimum GBP5, EUR6, AUD8, HRK50)
Please indicate your voting preference by numbering the following:
_____ Hold over funds
_____ No preference
Please do not repeat any numbers; please use only the numbers 1 to 4; you do not need to number all options.
If you think your name may not be known to the administrators then, to ensure that your vote qualifies to be counted, please give in the space below the name and address of an active fan (not a fan group, a candidate or one of their nominators) to whom you are known and who is known to (one of) the administrators.
What is GUFF? GUFF was created in 1979. Known as the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it's running, GUFF exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other's national (or other) conventions and to get to know each other's fandoms better. GUFF, like other fan funds, exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates for each trip are voted on by interested fans, and each vote is accompanied by a monetary donation. These votes, and the continuing generosity of fandom through auctions and other donations, are what make GUFF possible.
Who may vote?
Voting in the race to send a European fan to Conflux, the 2013 Australian National Convention is open to anyone who was active in fandom prior to January 2011, and who contributes at least GBP5 or AUD8 (or the equivalent in other currencies) to the fund. Larger contributions are encouraged and will be gratefully accepted. Only one vote per person is allowed. You must sign or otherwise verify your ballot, but your vote will not be made public.
GUFF uses a preferential ballot system which guarantees automatic runoffs until a majority is obtained. You rank the candidates in order of your preference for them. If the leading first-place candidate does not have a majority of votes after the first round of counting, the first-place votes for the lowest-placed candidate are discarded, and the second-place votes on those ballots are counted as first-place votes for the candidates concerned. This process is repeated until one candidate has a majority of all the votes cast. Votes for second and third place candidates are therefore important, but you may not rank any candidate in more than one position on your ballot.
Hold Over Funds. This choice, like '?No award' in award balloting, gives you the chance to vote for no GUFF trip in 2013 if for any reason the candidates do not appeal. Hold over funds may be voted for in any position on the ballot.
No Preference. This choice is for voters who do not wish the GUFF trip to be held over, but who either cannot or prefer not to decide between the candidates.
GUFF gratefully accepts your freely given money and material for auction. If you're not eligible to vote, or for some reason you don't wish to vote, why not donate anyway?
Each candidate has posted a bond of GBP15; promised that barring force majeure they will travel to Conflux [ (http://bit.ly/qoaFb9) ], if elected, and provided nominations and a short platform displayed overleaf extolling their many interests and virtues.