[OSGeo-Discuss] elections 2017: proposal to postpone opening of the polling stations

Vasile Craciunescu vasile at geo-spatial.org
Fri Oct 13 12:19:44 PDT 2017

Hi Jody, Gert-Jan, Maxi, Steven and others,

I will start with Jody's message. It's true that the charter members 
list on the OSGeo website was updated only yesterday. However, this has 
no impact on the voting system which is not using the web page list but 
the tables from OSGeo Dropbox account. Those files were updated the 
second day after the end of the nomination process. Regarding the board 
approval of the new charter member list I would like to make a comment. 
The board was asked to formally approve the result of the nomination 
process. That means that the board acknowledge that the nomination 
process was carried out according with the rules. The board has no right 
to reject an individual membership if the nomination process was correct.

Regarding the request to extent the initial election calendar. Although 
personally I had no problem in grasping the information from coming from 
Jeff, I agree that some time may be required if new discussions will 
spark (especially because weekend started). However, I think we already 
had too much traffic on the discuss mailing list with this topic and 
this can scare some of our recipients. I'm ready to extend the deadline 
with *two days* but only to give a chance to people that are leaving for 
the weekend to read the emails and, eventually, respond. Please don't 
make this thread personally and refrain from posting redundant information.

CRO 2017

On 10/13/17 8:44 PM, Jody Garnett wrote:
> Gert-Jan:
> More seriously although the nomination process for members was 
> completed, and accepted by the board, the list of voting members was 
> only updated last night.
> I would be happy to formally request the CRO for an extension for one 
> week - as we have some 70 individuals who have not been able to 
> participate this week!
> I note that the CRO is an independent officer and these elections are in 
> full swing. So while the board may make a formal request we have to 
> respect the independence of the role.
> On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:21 AM Gert-Jan van der Weijden (OSGeo.nl) 
> <gert-jan at osgeo.nl <mailto:gert-jan at osgeo.nl>> wrote:
>     Dear CRO (and Board Member nominees, and fellow voting members),
>     In the original planning for the 2017 elections, the campaign week would
>     end this Sunday, and the virtual polling stations would open their
>     virtual door this Monday.
>     However, over the last 2 hours our mailboxes have been flooded by a
>     large number of mails, that now only answer question posed earlier this
>     week, but of course also raise new questions.
>     To me, two important values of our organisation are openness and
>     discussion. The fact our mailing list is called "discuss" is a fine
>     example of that!
>     Therefore, I would like to ask the CRO to extend the campaign week, in
>     order for all voter to be able to read all the mail, think their content
>     over, form an opinion, and discuss that opinion with others. The
>     insights Jeff has brought us today are simply too much too think over
>     and mentally process in just one weekend. One has got to have a day off
>     with our friend as family as well. don't we?
>     I don't don't if I ((as a Charter Member) can make this as a formal
>     motion, but I'm almost sure that no-one involved in this election will
>     object. (OK, the nominees will have to cross their fingers a few days
>     longer to see if they will be elected. Sorry for that). All for the good
>     of the democratic process and the openness of our Foundation!
>     Kind regards,
>     Gert-Jan
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> Jody Garnett

Vasile Crăciunescu
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