Chat Transcript – August 1, 2020

briar_pipe
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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2020 OTW Election Timeline & Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2020 election for new members of the Board of Directors has been posted!

This year’s election will be held August 14-17. This means that the deadline for staff to declare their candidacy is June 19.

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.

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.

Election Statistics for 2019

Now that the 2019 election is over, we’re happy to share with you our voter turnout statistics!

For the 2019 Election, we had 9939 total eligible voters. Of those, 2234 voters cast a ballot, which represents 22.5% of the potential voters. We’re proud to say that our voter turnout is higher than that of last year, which had a turnout of 14.6%. We also saw an increase in the number of ballots cast, from 827 to 2234, which represents a 270% increase and gives us the highest turnout we’ve ever had!

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. However, as there were only 3 candidates this year, revealing that information is unavoidable.

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.

2019 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 2019 Election.

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

  • Kirsten Wright
  • Rebecca Sentance

Board turnover will formally begin on October 1. We wish the new members of the Board 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.

OTW Elections Notice

Edit: The election is running properly again. You can cast your ballot up until the deadline given in this post.

Due to a technical error, voting in the 2019 OTW Board Election has been temporarily suspended. We expect that the election will be re-opened for voters to submit their ballots about two hours from now. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. This post will be edited once voting has reopened.

To assist voters, we will extend the voting time an extra 2 hours, until 2am UTC on Tuesday, August 13. (What time is that for me?) Thank you for your patience!