Re: changed charter, new elections proposal

Is anybody not comfortable with the idea of having an election committee composed
of Russell Steinthal, Dan Muet, Maciej Stachowiak?

The committee's job will be:
1- to process membership registrations.  (they're already doing that).
2- to function as a tie-breaker for minor election-related disputes that aren't
resolved on this list.
3- to monitor the elections, tally the votes and announce the election results.


Russell Steinthal wrote:

> On Fri, 29 Sep 2000 08:50:35 PDT, Bart Decrem wrote:
> >- I disagree with Russell's proposal below.  Setting aside specific slots for
> >specific types of representation would be a mess that's an order of magnitude
> >bigger than having slates.
> It might be; I was simply pointing out that if we really believe
> broad representation is a paramount goal, we may not get that out of
> a straight election.  I don't happen to think it's that important (I
> think we'll get good diversity from the fact that the project is
> diverse to start with), so I'm OK with simple elections.
> Particularly if I get volunteered to be on the election committee. :)
> >No-one has commented on the proposed timeline.  Let me know if you have
> >concerns about that.  Meanwhile, I'm going to start writing up election
> >documents.
> Two concerns, although they are both relatively minor:
> (1) I would remove the reference to when the results will be
> announced.  The election committee should obviously be charged with
> certifying the results in as expeditious a period as possible, but I
> could certainly conceive of a situation which would require more than
> 48 hours to resolve ambiguities or disputes regarding the vote.
> (2) Similarly, we may need more than a day to review the final
> registration list before elections begin.  OTOH, this can be
> alleviated by simply having an understanding that if someone
> registers and subsequently is determined to be ineligible (although
> I'm not sure what could actually cause that finding), their vote can
> simply be disallowed at any point prior to the announcement of the
> results.
> >Also, I know there's a membership committee that was created by the steering
> >committee to oversee the members registration process.
> >Havoc: who's on that?
> >I propose that we turn it into an election committee that would oversee
> >membership registration but that would also monitor the election, announce the
> >results, and propose resolutions to election logistics issues that we bump
> >into.
> >Russell, can I volunteer you to join that committee?
> I suppose.  One caveat, however, is that I won't be able to access the
> net most weekends during the next month due to religious holidays;
> assuming there are no time critical determinations which must be made
> over those weekends, I'm ok with volunteering.  (Although I still
> think there *must* be more qualified people than me. :))
> -Russell
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> Russell Steinthal               Columbia Law School, Class of 2002
> <rms39 columbia edu>            Columbia College, Class of 1999
> <steintr nj org>                UNIX System Administrator,

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