[Foundation] 2002 Election Schedule

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Apr 4 18:28:32 CST 2002


I think we should be able to work out "absentee ballots" or somesuch. I
don't want to force 150 people to vote all on one day in a crowded
conference room, even if it is only virtual....

Peter

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Peter Saint-Andre
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On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, David Iodice wrote:

> just my two cents, but if we can "reword" on-line voting to
> something akin to these votes being "proxies" for the annual
> meeting, then we might be able to offer electronic voting
> prior to the annual meeting.  As part of the voting process,
> we all accept a statement authorizing the secretary of the
> JSF (or some other agent) to vote our ballots for membership
> in accordance with our electronic vote.  I do something
> similar for stockholders meetings all the time. We just have
> to see if this type of process is provided for in the bylaws
> and we cover the legalities etc.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: members-admin at jabber.org
> [mailto:members-admin at jabber.org]On
> Behalf Of Peter Saint-Andre
> Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2002 4:19 PM
> To: members at jabber.org
> Subject: Re: [Foundation] 2002 Election Schedule
> 
> 
> I have been reading the bylaws
> (http://www.jabber.org/bylaws.html)
> and I also chatted for a while with Michael Bauer about
> this, since
> he is the one who worked with the lawyers to formulate our
> bylaws.
> 
> As you may recall, we did a few things "fast and loose" in
> our
> efforts to bootstrap the JSF. One of those was to create the
> initial
> membership and have them elect the Jabber Council before the
> JSF was
> officially incorporated and the Board of Directors took
> office. The
> bylaws (section 2.1) state that:
> 
>       The initial Members of the Corporation shall be
>       admitted upon the affirmative vote of the Board
>       of Directors of the Corporation at the initial
>       meeting of the Board of Directors.
> 
> The initial meeting of the Board of Directors took place on
> August
> 20, 2001, at which time the official incorporation documents
> were
> signed and witnessed by the founding Board. Therefore it is
> most
> accurate to consider JSF membership and Council membership
> to have
> begun on that date (when the Board accepted the initial JSF
> members
> and by extension the initial Council members). Therefore
> Council
> elections should take place in August.
> 
> OK, that's issue #1. Issue #2 is that, according section 8.1
> of the
> bylaws, election of the members of the Jabber Council is to
> occur at
> the annual meeting of the JSF members. Now, I know we have
> never held
> such a meeting (our weekly discussions do not count as
> meetings).
> However, according to the bylaws we need to hold such a
> meeting each
> year. Attendance at the annual meeting does not need to be
> in person,
> in fact it's doubtful that we would have an in-person
> meeting since
> JSF members live all over the world. But we do need to hold
> an annual
> meeting in order to comply with the bylaws, and we need to
> elect the
> members of the Board of Directors and of the Council at that
> meeting.
> We can also transact other business at that meeting if
> desired, and
> appropriate notice must be given (etc.).
> 
> So....
> 
> My conclusion is that we need to hold our first annual
> meeting of the
> JSF members on or about August 20, 2002, and that certain
> items need
> to be on the agenda at that meeting (including election of
> members of
> the Board of Directors as well as of the Jabber Council).
> 
> Therefore it is somewhat premature to initiate the process
> of electing
> members of the Council, although I very much like the
> process proposed
> by Ryan Eatmon.
> 
> I will research the bylaws some more and report back to the
> membership
> with my results. And naturally further discussion is welcome
> on this
> list.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Peter
> 
> --
> Peter Saint-Andre
> email+jabber: stpeter at jabber.org
> weblog: http://www.saint-andre.com/blog/
> 
> On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> 
> > Well, the period of service for Council members was
> supposed to be one
> > year and the original Council elections were held in
> mid-June of 2001.
> >
> > Peter
> >
> > --
> > Peter Saint-Andre
> > email+jabber: stpeter at jabber.org
> > weblog: http://www.saint-andre.com/blog/
> >
> > On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, Michael Bauer wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > This does sound great, Ryan, but there is one
> technicality.  The vote for
> > > the Council is supposed to occur during the annual
> meeting of the
> > > Foundation, which would be in August to coincide with
> the start of the
> > > Foundation.
> > >
> > > Another point, one that's less clear, is again with
> respect to
> > > nominations.  Anyone can petition to become a Member of
> the Foundation and
> > > this openness might apply to Council Members as well.
> The notion of
> > > publishing a platform coincides nicely with application
> for membership in
> > > general and the debate is a nice touch that doesn't seem
> to conflict with
> > > any of the by-laws.
> > >
> > > I don't want to seem like Miss Parliamentarian and am
> not one to let rules
> > > get in the way of progress but still, the Foundation is
> a legal
> > > corporation and not just a club.  I think if you don't
> do things in the
> > > defined way then you could open things up to a
> disgruntled nominee who
> > > could technically challeng the legality of an election.
> > >
> > > On Wed, 3 Apr 2002, Ryan Eatmon wrote:
> > >
> > > > My fellow JSF Members,
> > > >
> > > >   It is time to elect the Jabber Council members for
> 2002-2003.  The
> > > > elections are going to be held starting on June 15th.
> While this is two
> > > > months away, we want to make sure we start early
> enough to give the
> > > > candidates enough time to prepare, and for you to get
> to know the
> > > > candidates and find out more about them.  Find out
> where they stand on
> > > > issues and where they've been working in the Jabber
> Community.
> > > >
> > > >   We are going to be doing things a little differently
> this year.  We
> > > > want to model this after the Debian DPL elections.
> Instead of just
> > > > having a mad rush to be on the Council, we want to
> make sure that the
> > > > people you want on the Council, get on.
> > > >
> > > >   We are going to start off by allowing you to
> nominate fellow members
> > > > (excluding yourself) to get a feel for who you want to
> be on there.
> > > > >From that list we will pick the top 14 names, of the
> willing nominees,
> > > > and that will become the Candidate list for this
> election.
> > > >
> > > >   The Candidates will then have the chance to publish
> their platforms,
> > > > and give you a chance to get to know them better.
> Following that we
> > > > will host a debate where more in-depth questions from
> the membership
> > > > will be posed to each candidate and each will be given
> a chance to
> > > > respond.  Following the debate, we will have a two
> week window for you
> > > > to reflect and ask the candidates any other questions
> you might have,
> > > > and the elections will start on June 15th.
> > > >
> > > > Here is the timeline and description of each step:
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > April 8-26: Nomination Period
> > > >   - Members may nominate any of the members they
> choose
> > > >     to *EXCEPT* for themselves.
> > > >   - Each member can nominate 3 other members for the
> Council.
> > > >   - Members may make it known that they are interested
> in being
> > > >     nominated, or they do not wish to be nominated.
> > > >   - The top 14 willing nominees will be notified that
> they are
> > > >     candidates.
> > > >
> > > > May 6-10: Candidate Platform Preparation
> > > >   - Candidates will be given a week to prepare their
> platform.
> > > >   - The platform is a background about yourself, your
> positions
> > > >     on issues, what you want to accomplish by being a
> Council
> > > >     member, etc...
> > > >
> > > > May 13-24: Member Research
> > > >   - Members should read over the platforms and think
> of more in
> > > >     depth questions they would like to have answered.
> > > >   - All questions go to the debate coordinator to be
> announced
> > > >     by May 10.
> > > >
> > > > May 29: Debate
> > > >   - The debate coordinator will pick the best
> questions, and
> > > >     host the debate.
> > > >
> > > > June 15-21: Voting for new Council
> > > >   - Each member can cast their votes for the people
> they want
> > > >     on the Council.  Top nine scores win.
> > > >
> > > > Note: All dates are in American Central Time.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > That's it.  We are looking forward to this election.
> Let's all work to
> > > > make it a good one.
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