Go for it. And noone really should be intimidated by joining the main fleets. We have still to master the fine arts of "hold on gate"-fu an "hold your cloak"-fu. If you can manage that youre allready ahead of the curve.
Lol it should be obvious that you're on that list because you give them what they need the most in this game. Fun fights. You actually let them do something other than sitting in station all day. Ganked \o/
If only they'd come and fight us more often. I mean if you consider how much whining there is from mittens and the goons about high-sec pubbies you'd think they'd come explode our ships once in a while.
Big powerblock with voting cards could exploit that system and get multiple candidates in very easily if I understand it correctly. If say all the CFC members have the same 1,2,3,4 order conceivably they could get 4 candidates in. Right?
If you have smart exit-pollers you could allready do this before (depends how good you exit polls are).
For example: You keep votes in reserve up to a point in the election and if candidates 1,2 are a lock just shift the remaining pool to 3,4.
It's a bit fairer for the little guy actually who is running alone ("in theory") .
In practice it usually means candidates are forced to group up. If nobody in the group has sufficient numbers to get elected by themselves they can tell their voters to vote a common slate and at least one or a couple from that slate make it because of the combined votes.
A candidate then just needs to assure that he is one of the more popular on that slate an he will benefit from the votes of the less popular ones in that group.
I'll be very interested to see how the large null sec blocks arrange their voting strategy since:
a.) STV is not a widely used system and trying to find an effective gaming strategy might be a bit more difficult than normal.
b.) Some casual browsing suggest that how to manipulate the result is NP-hard to compute. (not bloody likely)
On the point of strategies I think a broad appeal to a large voter base is actually a good strategy. You want to be as high as you can on a broad group of ballots ( moreso in voter bases where candidates are sure to get elected or are sure to loose). Negative campigning is most likely not a good strategy so try and avoid it.
Oh and I pledge my 2 votes maybe more depending on how the market gods favour me between now and election time and how much plex I have available.