Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2018

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 2018*
                2018-05-12: List of candidates opens.
                2018-05-24: Last day to announce candidacies, submit
summary statements.
                2018-05-25: Final list of candidates.
                2018-05-26: Instructions mailed to eligible voters,
voting begins.
                2018-06-09: Voting closes.
                2018-06-12: Preliminary results are announced.
                2018-06-19: 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 with your full name, e-mail, corporate
affiliation (if any), and your reasons for wanting to serve as a

Candidacies must be announced prior to 2018-05-24, 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 2018-05-25.

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.

On an additional note we'd like to remind candidates that will eventually
be elected as Directors they will have to be in in Almeria two days prior
to GUADEC for Board's preliminary meetings to happen.


Every GNOME Foundation member whose membership is valid as of
2018-05-25 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
as soon as possible at 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 logging 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
2018-05-26 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:



Red Hatter,
Fedora / EPEL packager,
GNOME Infrastructure Team Coordinator,
Former GNOME Foundation Board of Directors Secretary,
GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee Chairman


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