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

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri Oct 13 12:46:57 PDT 2017

Thanks Vasile,

I was concerned we had stuffed things up by not acting in a timely fashion
I am glad the election is not disrupted. I concur that the board has no
input into the process, unless asked by the CRO to review candidates
flagged for discussion (which did not occur.)

Jody Garnett

On 13 October 2017 at 12:19, Vasile Craciunescu <vasile at geo-spatial.org>

> 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.
> Best,
> Vasile
> 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
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