2021 OTW Election Timeline & Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2021 election for new members of the Board of Directors has been posted!

This year’s election will be held on August 13-16. This means that the deadline for staff to declare their candidacy is June 18.

As usual, the election membership deadline is June 30. If you’re interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date. Please note that your donation receipt will be dated in US Eastern Time, so if your donation is listed after 19:59 on June 30, 2021 on the receipt, you won’t be eligible to vote. If you are unsure whether your donation was made before the deadline, please contact our Development and Membership Committee by using the contact form on our website and selecting “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?”.

You can find out how to become a member on the Elections website, or if you’re familiar with the process, you can donate here!

If you want to know more about the election process in general, you can check out the Elections Policies.

We’re looking forward to an active election season with ample communication between candidates and voters, and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Don’t forget to follow the Elections committee on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news!

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact Elections.


OTW Election Statistics for 2020

Now that the 2020 election is over, we’re happy to share with you our voter turnout statistics!

For the 2020 Election, we had 13,369 total eligible voters. Of those, 2858 voters cast a ballot, which represents 21.4% of the potential voters. Our voter turnout is lower than that of last year, which had a turnout of 22.5%. We also saw an increase in the number of ballots cast, from 2234 to 2858, which represents a 28% increase.

Elections is committed to continuing to reach out to our eligible members to encourage them to vote in elections. Whoever is elected to the Board of Directors can have an important influence on the long-term health of the OTW’s projects, and we want our members to have a say in that.

For those who might be interested in the number of votes each candidate received, please note that our election process is designed to elect an equal cohort of Board members in order to allow them to work well together, so we do not release that information. As a general rule, we also won’t disclose which of our unsuccessful candidates received the fewest votes, since we don’t want to discourage them from running again in the future when circumstances and member interest might be different.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who participated at every stage of the election! We hope to see you at the virtual polls again next year.

2020 OTW Election Results

The Elections Committee would like to thank all of our candidates for their hard work in this year’s election. With that, we are pleased to present the results of the 2020 Election.

The following candidates (in alphabetical order) have been officially elected to the Board of Directors:

  • Alex Tischer
  • Jess White
  • Kati Eggert

The new members of the Board will formally begin their term overlap on October 1. We wish them well with their terms.

With that, the election season comes to a close. Thank you to everyone who got involved by spreading the word, asking the candidates questions, and, of course, voting! We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

2020 OTW Board Voting Now Open!

The election has opened!

Every OTW member who joined between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, should have a ballot by now. If you didn’t get one, please check your spam folder first, then contact us via our contact form.

The election will run through August 17, 2020, 23:59 UTC; check this time zone converter to find out what time that will be for you.

Once you’ve voted, you can head over to Twitter and use the hashtag #otw2020 to meet and chat with other voters! We’d love to hear from you!

Chat Transcript – August 1, 2020

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Hi everyone, and welcome to our first candidate chat for 2020!

Today you’ll have the opportunity to observe 2 candidates: Nicole Abraham and Zoë Tucker.
My name is briar_pipe, and I’ll be hosting the candidate side today. On the audience/open_chat side, your host will be my fellow Elections Committee member disjointed.
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