Thomas Jefferson once said, “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Refugees, this is your time to participate.

The inaugural Refuge Presidential Election will occur the first week of June, 2020.

As part of our recent phishing, err, data-gathering exercise that was NLU Census 2020, we received a lot of valuable feedback from you, the people, relating to the Refuge. What we heard loudly and clearly is a desire for the Refuge to be more approachable, better organized, and more intuitive. While we, the benevolent dictatorship behind the Refuge, have a few ideas we don’t want to make unilateral changes. Instead, we’d love to work closely with an elected official of the Refuge to implement changes voted on by the people, for the people. Please note, we cannot guarantee every idea will be implemented, either due to feasibility or it being struck down by the Courts (aka us, NLU). But we will make a good-faith effort to do all we can.

We invite anybody to build a campaign around changes you’d like to champion for in the Refuge. Planks of your platform can range from better Category organization, more/less Categories, unchangeable Topic titles (or not), building a coalition of (the) willing Moderators, different sets of post limits, and whatever else you can think of which would help the cause of making the Refuge a better place for the most amount of people. This is your chance to get creative, think about what specific changes you’d like to see brought here, and detail how those changes would look and operate.

The Election will consist of three steps:

  1. Open a new topic in this category to announce your candidacy and communicate your initial policy platforms. Invite people to support your campaign and through open dialogue finalize your official party planks. Final party platforms will be due on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

  2. We, NLU, will conduct our own ‘primary process’ where we will identify the most thoughtful, realistic, eager campaigns to run in our General Election. We will announce official candidates on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

  3. General Elections will be conducted between June 1, 2020 and June 5, 2020. Every Refuge member will have one vote to cast for their preferred candidate. The person with the most votes wins. The President-Elect’s term will begin on July 1, 2020.

After the close of voting we will announce the Refuge President who will serve a term of 6 months. We, NLU, will work closely with the President to implement as many of their campaign planks as are feasible. In addition, we ask the President to meet with us roughly twice/month about the health of the Refuge, while taking a bit of an active hand in organizing the homepage, and other duties pursuant to the Office. In consideration for the time and effort the President shall give, the Office comes with the following benefits:

*Ability to give state-of-the-Refuge addresses, either in writing, through the Nest Podcast, or both. *Official Presidential seal to be used in their profile picture.
*An exemption in the 2020 NIT, along with two pardons, read: exemptions, to be used at their sole discretion on annual Nest members.
*Involvement in any other activities/addresses/events we see necessary throughout the Term of the Presidency, befitting the Office.

In closing, anybody is free to run. Open up a candidacy thread, communicate your main policy points, encourage people to join your cause, and vie to become the first President of the Refuge! This is an open canvass–get creative and be a part of the change you wish to see here!


All Presidential nominees, please finalize platforms as best you can by end of day tomorrow, May 19th. Thank you!


Guise, please bear with us as we complete the internal primary process. We will have official candidates for the General Election finalized and announced ASAP. Thank you.