2019 OTW Board Voting Now Open!

The election has begun! August 9-12; hashtag otwe19

The election has opened!

Every member who joined between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, 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 12, 2019, 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 #OTWE19 to let us know!

If you used a Yahoo email address when you donated: On July 15, Yahoo purged accounts that had not been logged into within the past year. As a result, many ballots from the election that were sent to Yahoo emails bounced. If you signed up for membership with a Yahoo email address, please check that you can log into your Yahoo account and received a ballot. If you cannot log into your Yahoo account, go to the elections contact form and select “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?” in order to submit an alternate email request. In the request, include your original Yahoo email address and the new one where you would like your ballot sent.

Chat Transcript – July 21, 2018

briar_pipe
Hi everyone, and welcome to our Candidate Chat for 2019!

Today you’ll have the opportunity to observe all 3 Candidates: Kirsten Wright, Morgan Schroeder, and Rebecca Sentance.

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.

disjointed, can you wave so everyone can see you?

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Members – Check Your Email for Voting Instructions

At this time, all eligible OTW members should have received an email linking to the voting instructions for 2019. The subject line was “Voting Instructions for Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) Board Election”. Please note that anyone who didn’t receive this email is not on the voter rolls this year and will not receive a ballot.

The voting instructions email contains a link to a test version of the ballot. Please follow that link to make sure that the page displays correctly and the candidates are visible. If not, please ensure you are not blocking JavaScript from ajax.googleapis.com, bootstrapcdn.com, and/or opavote.com.

If you are a member and didn’t receive this email, please do the following:

  1. Check your spam folder.
    • If you use Gmail, check your Social tab.
    • If the email is marked as spam, unmark it. Otherwise, you will not receive your ballot, as it will end up in spam as well.
  2. If no email is present, open your donation receipt and check the date.
    • To vote in this election, your receipt must be dated between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, inclusive of both dates.
    • If you paid by check, your membership is measured by the arrival date of the check.
  3. If your donation was made during the eligible time period, make sure you checked the box to become a member. Membership is voluntary for those who donate at least $10; only members can vote.
  4. If you did become a member, make sure you neither marked any email from the OTW as spam nor opted out of OTW emails or last year’s ballot. If you did so and would like to vote this year, you’ll need to follow step 5 below.
  5. If you donated at least $10 during the eligible period and you checked the box to become a member, please fill out the Elections Contact Form and select the topic “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?” Make sure to include the email you used when donating.
    • Membership has no connection to being a user of AO3 or Fanlore. Please don’t give us your AO3 or Fanlore username – we have no way of knowing who that name belongs to, and we don’t want to know.

Most importantly, if the voting instructions email bounces, gets marked as spam, or you opt out, you will not receive a ballot for this year’s election, and you may not receive a ballot next year. Similarly, if any of those things happened to last year’s election emails, you will not receive a ballot this year. Therefore, if you previously opted out of OTW emails or marked them as spam and would like to vote, fill out the Elections Contact Form and select the topic “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?”

2019 Election Timeline & Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2019 election for new members of the Board of Directors has been posted!

This year’s election will be held August 9-12. This means that the deadline for staff to declare their candidacy is June 14.

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.