2023 Election Update

As noted in the resignation announcement of Board members Natalia Gruber, Antonius Melisse and Alex Tischer, this year’s OTW Board election will be uncontested.

This year, we have five open seats on the OTW Board, and five candidates. Each candidate is technically unopposed and will automatically be elected to the Board following the election process.

The election will still happen, on August 11 – 14. Based on election results, the three highest ranked candidates will be elected to full-term seats, and will serve 3 years on the OTW Board of Directors. The remaining candidates will be elected to the partial term seats and serve 2 years on the OTW Board of Directors.

The final set of Q&A’s and Candidate Chats will proceed as normal.

We encourage all OTW members to vote in this year’s election, and determine the allocation of full and partial Board Director terms.

2023 Candidate Chats and Q&A Roundup

The Election season is in full swing! Chats with candidates are coming up soon. You can find links to the candidates’ answers to your questions at the bottom of this post.

Chats

There will be four public chats, each lasting ninety minutes. All four chats will have three candidates in attendance. Chats will take place in our public chatroom.
They are scheduled for:

Edited July 26: Per an announcement, Audrey R. withdrew from the ballot.

These chats will provide attendees the opportunity to ask the candidates questions not already covered in their platforms, bios, and Q&A, as well as to ask individual questions of specific candidates. New questions will only be accepted during the first hour of the scheduled chat time to make sure candidates have time to appropriately address them all.

We hope you can join us for one or all of these chats!

Please note that though the link to the public chatroom is already active, chatting capabilities will not be enabled until approximately half an hour before the chats begin.

Read on to learn more about using Discord.

  • On the login page, you’ll need to provide a screen name.
  • Once you enter the server, you’ll find a list of users on the right and a list of chat rooms on the left. Settings are available via the gear icon on the lower left, near your screen name; there you can choose whether you prefer a dark or light chat room appearance, among other options.
  • There will be four rooms available to chat attendees who are not candidates or Elections Committee volunteers: general, candidate_chats, open_chat and questions.
    • General is where you’ll find a list of rules for the chats. Please read through these carefully before entering the other two rooms.
    • Candidate_chats is where the candidates will answer questions and debate among themselves. Only the candidates and moderator will be able to chat in this room.
    • Open_chat is where all attendees can participate and talk to each other. We ask that you try to stay on topics related to the election. A moderator will be in the room, so if you have a question for the candidates, you can signal the moderator with o/, the candidate’s name, and the question. Use o// if it’s a follow-up question to the current discussion.
    • Questions is where the moderator will compile a list of all questions. Only moderators will be able to chat in this room.

Q&A

When we posted the Board candidates’ bios and platforms, we asked the public to submit additional questions for them. Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who did so! We have been posting groups of questions as the candidates finish their responses, and one has already been posted. For the categories that have not yet been posted, the dates they will be posted are listed in parentheses.

To navigate answers by individual candidate, please use the links below:

Edited July 26: Per an announcement, Audrey R. withdrew from the ballot.

The following is a list of the topics covered by the questions. Clicking on a topic will take you to the tag containing all the candidates’ corresponding answers.

To read all the posts regarding Q&A, simply select the 2023 Q&A tag.

OTW Election Statistics for 2022

Now that the 2022 election is over, we’re happy to share with you our voter turnout statistics!

For the 2022 Election, we had 11643 total eligible voters. Of those, 4574 voters cast a ballot, which represents 39.3% 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 20.5%.

We also saw an increase in the number of ballots cast, from 2305 to 4574, which represents a 98.4% 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.