Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2015

Dear Foundation Members,

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee are pleased to 
announce the upcoming elections for the Board of Directors in Spring 

The most important deadlines (UTC) in the timeline are the following:

                          *GNOME Board Elections 2015*
                2015-05-06: List of candidates opens.
                2015-05-18: Last day to announce candidacies, submit summary statements.
                2015-05-21: Final list of candidates.
                2015-05-25: Instructions mailed to eligible voters, voting begins.
                2015-06-08: Voting closes.
                2015-06-10: Preliminary results are announced.
                2015-06-17: Last day to challenge preliminary results.


The seven members of our current Board of Directors have been ruling 
GNOME for 12 months now. We, the GNOME Foundation Members, will have 
to elect what will be the Board of Directors for the next year.


If you want to run for one of the seven positions on The GNOME 
Foundation Board of Directors, then send an email to 
foundation-announce gnome org and elections gnome org with your full
name, e-mail, corporate affiliation (if any), and your reasons for 
wanting to serve as a director.

Candidacies must be announced prior to 2015-05-18, 23:59 UTC.

All discussion related to the elections should be held on 
foundation-list. Members are invited to ask questions to one or all 
candidates on that list (see below).

A list of candidates will be announced on 2015-05-21.

At this point, you are invited to ask the candidates questions by 
sending them to foundation-list. These candidates might become your 
representative, so do not hesitate to ask them questions.

Please try to avoid asking duplicate questions that others have 
already asked. Also, bear in mind that the candidates invest a lot of 
time answering questions, so please be reasonable with the amount and 
scope of the questions. You can also send your questions to 
membership-committee gnome org instead, so that the committee can 
collect, sift and sort the questions before sending them to 
foundation-list for the candidates to respond. Though, if you prefer 
to ask your questions directly, please do so.


Every GNOME Foundation member whose membership is valid as of 
2015-05-21 is eligible to vote in the elections. Please note that 
Emeritus members won't have voting rights. More details about what 
Emeritus members can and can't do are available at

If you are not a member yet, please consider applying for membership 
ASAP. Late applications will most likely not be processed in time.

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee do inform 
members they need to renew by mailing them once a month both on their 
personal e-mail and on the foundation-list mailing list. We recommend 
that members to also double check this to avoid a missed opportunity 
to vote. Please verify that the email address that is associated with 
your GNOME Foundation membership is valid and that you are able to 
read emails sent to this address. With the introduction of verifying this information is now possible
by just loggin in with your GNOME Account. Your password can be reset
with the following command:

ssh -l gnome_userid

A new password will be e-mailed directly to the registered e-mail for 
your account. In case the above solution won't work or you don't know 
what your username is please get in touch with the GNOME Accounts Team 
at accounts gnome org 

You can verify your membership status by visiting and looking for 
your name, 
surname on the list of members. You can also verify your last renewal 
date by highlighting your name, surname with your mouse and waiting a 
little second for the date to appear correctly.


The Electorate will receive complete instructions on how to vote by 
2015-05-25 via email.

The 7 candidates who receive the most votes as counted by a single 
transferable vote system (Scottish STV) will be elected, except that 
no more than two individuals affiliated with any one corporation may 
be elected.

In the event of a tie for the final slot on the board, the Elections 
Committee will schedule run-off elections as soon as possible.


More information about The GNOME Foundation Membership Committee and 
the voting process can be found here:




Debian Developer,
Fedora / EPEL packager,
GNOME Sysadmin Team Coordinator,
GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee Chairman


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