This page deals with internal elections. For information on participating in your country's elections (even on a city level) or on endorsing/campaigning for a political candidate or party, please read these guidelines instead.
DiEM25's Coordinating Collective (which might be called the board of directors in a more boring organisation) has elections every summer. Every time, half the seats are renewed. Apart from this, there are also regularly elections for National Collectives in the countries where DiEM25 is strongest. All of these elections happen online in the Members Area.
Generally all DiEMers are able to vote and even to stand as candidates. The only exception are those who joined in the three months before the start of the vote. If you are behind on your membership fee or you have not yet verified your identity, you will have to do so before being able to participate.
The requirements for candidates (e.g. time commitment, language knowledge, amount of supporting signatures, admissibility or non-admissibility of people who work for a political party) will be published in the call for applications. The application generally requires
Other requirements depend on the role that is being elected.
Since our entire election runs online and any DiEMer is eligible to submit a candidacy, we have in the past received many joke candidacies or candidacies by people who don't know much about DiEM25 and who have strange ideas of what their role would entail. Because of this, all candidates need to participate in interviews that ensure minimum requirements are met. The political impartiality of these interviews is ensured by having a variety of DiEM25 institutions represented among the interviewing panel and the final decision in the hands of the Validating Council, which consists of 100 members drawn at random.
The page displaying candidates (those who have applied so far) goes live on day 10 after the start of the candidacy period, so that members can review. Do keep in mind though that many candidates will apply at the last minute and others may fail the interview, so the final list of candidates on the ballot may differ. If this election requires candidates to collect endorsements (being a candidate for CC requires endorsements, other elections usually don't), and you are a verified DiEM25 member with at least three months' membership, you can endorse candidates by opening up their candidacy and clicking on 'Endorse'.
This assumes that you have joined DiEM25 at least three months ago, have verified your identity and that you are not currently behind on your membership fee. Otherwise you'll see an alert telling you to fix these issues, after which you'll be able to vote.
Watch a video explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T-ivXz0kCE
In order to vote in an open election: