LMS Elections

How do I vote in the LMS 2018 Elections?

The Electoral Reform Services (ERS) is administering the 2018 Elections on behalf of The London Mathematical Society. Ballot material was sent to all members eligible to vote on 4th October 2018.

You may cast your vote either by internet or by post. For both paper and electronic votes, the deadline for the receipt of a vote is midnight on 1st November 2018.

Voting using an e-ballot

To cast an electronic vote, go to http://www.ersvotes.com/lms2018. You will need to enter your personal two-part security code, which was sent to you by e-mail. Complete the e-ballot papers and then press the 'Submit your vote' option.

Voting using a paper ballot

Complete the ballot paper which was sent to you by the ERS, then send the vote to the ERS in the pre-paid envelope. Those registered for e-communication from the Society will receive an online ballot only; however, a paper ballot is available on request from onlinevoting@electoralreform.co.uk. Please quote 'London Mathematical Society' in the subject line of the e-mail.

Votes by paper and votes via the online system are treated in an identical way for generating the results of the election. The ERS system automatically identifies duplicate votes. In the event that a member inadvertently casts two votes, the first valid vote received (whether by paper or by the e-system) will be counted.

If you would like a further copy of the ballot paper sent to you, or you would like your two-part security code re-sent to you by e-mail, please contact onlinevoting@electoralreform.co.uk, quoting 'London Mathematical Society' in the subject line of the e-mail.

It remains open to members to cast their vote in person at the AGM although all members are strongly encouraged to cast their vote in advance of the AGM electronically or by post. An in-person vote must be cast using a paper ballot.

The election results will be announced at the AGM on 9th November 2018 and will appear on the LMS website shortly thereafter.

1. Slates for election

The slates for the 2018 Elections to Council and Nominating Committee are listed in the tables below.

A booklet of information containing candidate biographies, nomination information and a full description of the voting system is available.

A forum to discuss the elections is available at http://discussions.lms.ac.uk/lmselections/.

1.1 Council: Officers

The following nominations for Officers of Council have been made in accordance with the Society's By-Laws.

Role Nominee Nominator
President Caroline Series Nominating Committee
Vice-President John Greenlees Nominating Committee
Vice-President Catherine Hobbs Nominating Committee
Treasurer Robert Curtis Nominating Committee
General Secretary Stephen Huggett Nominating Committee
Publications Secretary John Hunton Nominating Committee
Programme Secretary Chris Parker Nominating Committee
Education Secretary (1 vacancy) Tony Gardiner Nominator: Timothy Gowers

Seconders: Kevin Buzzard, Ben Green, Beatrice Pelloni

Kevin Houston Nominating Committee


1.2 Council: Members-at-Large

The following nominations for Members-at-Large of Council have been made in accordance with the Society's By-Laws.  Five two-year terms are contested in the election.  The list is alphabetical.

Role Nominee Nominator
Member-at-Large of Council Alexandre Borovik Nominating Committee
Member-at-Large of Council Tara Brendle Nominating Committee
Member-at-Large of Council Peter Clarkson Nominating Committee
Member-at-Large of Council David E. Evans Nominating Committee
Member-at-Large of Council Mark Kambites Nominating Committee
Member-at-Large of Council Mariya Ptashnyk Nominating Committee
Member-at-Large of Council Anne Taormina Nominating Committee


Six Members-at-Large who were elected for two years in 2017 have a year of their terms left to serve; they are: Mark A. J. Chaplain, Andrew Dancer, Tony Gardiner, Brita Nucinkis, Gwyneth Stallard and Alina Vdovina.

In addition, the role of Member at Large (Librarian) will be open for election in 2018. The term of office is one year, to a maximum of ten years. The following nomination has been made in accordance with the Society’s By-Laws:

Role Nominee Nominator
Member-at-Large (Librarian) Mark McCartney Nominating Committee


1.3 Nominating Committee

The following nominations for the Nominating Committee have been made in accordance with the Society's By-Laws.

There are two vacancies, both at three-year terms.

The list is alphabetical.

Role Nominee Nominator
Nominating C'ttee I. David Abrahams Nominating Committee
Nominating C'ttee Eugenie Hunsicker Nominating Committee
Nominating C'ttee Radha Kessar Nominating Committee
Nominating C'ttee Elizabeth Winstanley Nominating Committee


The continuing members of the Nominating Committee are: Kenneth Falconer (Chair), Roger Heath-Brown, Martin Mathieu, H. Dugald Macpherson, and Ulrike Tillmann. In addition, Council will appoint a representative to the Committee. 

Further information about the work of the nominating committee is available.  The committee welcomes input from Society members.

Nominations for the 2018 elections have now closed.  Further details about voting in the 2018 election will be placed on this page in due course.


2. Electoral System Summary

Where the number of candidates matches the number of vacancies you may either vote by putting a number 1 in the box beside the name, or not vote for the candidate by leaving the box blank. For some of the elections there are more candidates than there are seats (e.g. Members-at-Large of Council). In these elections voters should rank the candidates in the box beside any candidate’s name. A number 1 indicates a most favoured candidate, 2 a less-well favoured one, and so on. You may use numbers more than once: equal rankings are allowed. Only the rank order of the numbers used matters, so that a ballot which begins 1, 1, 2 ... will have the same effect as one which begins 1, 1, 3, ... (provided 2 is not used later on). It is not possible to vote against a candidate. If you leave a blank beside a name, that means that no part of your vote can ever be used in support of that candidate. A full description of the voting system is available in the booklet of information.