Archive:EC Election and Referenda December 2011

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Notice to all Citizens

As the term of office of four Editorial Council members is due to expire, the Management Council has called an Election, as per the rules of the Citizendium Charter.

All Citizens in good standing are eligible to be nominated for the Editorial Council seats. The elected officers will complete the terms of office of the members who vacate their particular seat as specified by the Management Council.

The Editorial Council seats to be filled by this election include two Editor positions and two Author positions, namely those of:

Timetable

The timetable for the elections is as follows:

  • Begin accepting nominations and referenda on November 24, 2011;
  • Stop accepting nominations and referenda at the end of December 8, 2011;
  • Have the ballot prepared by December 15, 2011;
  • Begin accepting ballots from eligible voters on December 15, 2011;
  • Stop accepting ballots at the end of December 22, 2011

NB: All dates referred to above will be counted as starting at midnight UTC.

Referenda

Referenda to amend the Charter may also be held, with voting also to take place between December 15, 2011 and December 22, 2011.

As per the Charter, referenda may be initiated in two ways:

1. Any Citizen may petition either the Management Council or Editorial Council that contested rules or guidelines be submitted to a referendum. Either Council must have jurisdiction over the contested matter. Either Council may, by simple majority vote, submit the referendum to a vote of the citizenry at the next regular election.

2. A referendum may be initiated by a group of Citizens corresponding in size to 20 percent of the number of voters in the previous election. The Management Council must include a valid citizen-initiated referendum in the next regular election. Failure to do so will automatically pass the referendum which shall then become official policy and enforceable. This charter may not be amended by a failure of the Management Council to submit a referendum to a vote.

To propose a referendum, or view referenda being proposed, please visit CZ:Referenda (Citizen-Initiated) and follow the instructions there.

As the last elections had a valid poll of fourteen (14) voters, a referendum proposed under #2 above will therefore require the support of three (3) Citizens in order to appear on the ballot.


Referenda to appear on the ballot:

(Referenda appearing on the ballot will be listed here, with a link to the relevant discussion on the forums.)


Nominations: Author positions

For a candidate to appear on the ballot for an Author position, he or she must:

  1. Be nominated by a Citizen in good standing, including him- or herself.
  2. Be Seconded by another Citizen in good standing only if he or she is nominating him- or herself. Otherwise, a Citizen's nomination does not need to be Seconded.
  3. Formally accept the nomination.

To NOMINATE a Citizen as a candidate, please follow these steps:

  1. NOTE: A Citizen may nominate more than one candidate.
  2. In the space just below these instructions and below the two lines, and in Edit mode, type * in the far left margin and then the name of the Citizen you are nominating. Then add your signature and timestamp by typing four tildes ~~~~
  3. Click on Save page


  • BOB TEST-NAME Jane Doe 21:14, 8 September 2011 (UTC)


To SECOND a Citizen as a candidate, please follow these steps:

  1. NOTE: A Citizen may second more than one candidate.
  2. Go to Edit mode and scroll down to the name of the candidate that you wish to second. In the space below that name type ** in the far left margin and then the word SECOND. Then add your signature and timestamp by typing four tildes ~~~~
  3. Click on Save page



Nominations: Editor positions

For a candidate to appear on the ballot for an Editor position, he or she must:

  1. Already be an Editor, as Editor seats are being filled.
  2. Be nominated by a Citizen in good standing, including him- or herself.
  3. Be Seconded by another Citizen in good standing only if he or she is nominating him- or herself. Otherwise, a Citizen's nomination does not need to be Seconded.
  4. Formally accept the nomination.

To NOMINATE a Citizen as a candidate, please follow these steps:

  1. NOTE: A Citizen may nominate more than one candidate.
  2. In the space just below these instructions and below the two lines, and in Edit mode, type * in the far left margin and then the name of the Citizen you are nominating. Then add your signature and timestamp by typing four tildes ~~~~
  3. Click on Save page

  • BOB TEST-NAME Joe Citizen 21:14, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
    • SECOND Jane Doe 21:14, 8 September 2011 (UTC)


To SECOND a Citizen as a candidate, please follow these steps:

  1. NOTE: A Citizen may second more than one candidate.
  2. Go to Edit mode and scroll down to the name of the candidate that you wish to second. In the space below that name type ** in the far left margin and then the word SECOND. Then add your signature and timestamp by typing four tildes ~~~~
  3. Click on Save page


Author candidates and links to their Statements

Name of nominee Accept/Decline
(please sign with four tildes)
Statement
David Finn Accept - David Finn 09:00, 1 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Brian P. Long Accept - Brian P. Long 02:57, 30 November 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Hayford Peirce Accept - Hayford Peirce 20:33, 25 November 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Joe Quick Accept - Joe Quick 15:07, 8 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.
John Stephenson Accept - John Stephenson 12:44, 8 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Domergue Sumien I respectfully decline. Thank you for having nominated me, but I can't fulfill the task regularly.--Domergue Sumien 00:00, 8 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Ro Thorpe Accept - Ro Thorpe 18:27, 27 November 2011 (UTC) Statement.

All candidates who accept their nominations should write a Statement about themselves, their beliefs, their background at Citizendium, their programs, etc. To do so, simply click on the word "Statement" at the far right of their user line, fill in the blank space with their Statement, and click "Save page".

Editor candidates and links to their Statements

Name of nominee Accept/Decline
(please sign with four tildes)
Statement
Robert Badgett Statement.
Milton Beychok Decline - Milton Beychok 16:13, 25 November 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Maria Cuervo Accept Maria Cuervo 22:31, 30 November 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Aleta Curry Accept Aleta Curry 08:30, 30 November 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Jaume Cañellas Galindo Accept --Dr. Jaume Cañellas Galindo 07:38, 2 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Nancy Sabatier Decline Nancy Sabatier 11:54, 8 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Supten Sarbadhikari Decline - Supten Sarbadhikari 03:24, 1 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.
Peter Schmitt Accept -- Peter Schmitt 22:43, 1 December 2011 (UTC) Statement.

All candidates who accept their nominations should write a Statement about themselves, their beliefs, their background at Citizendium, their programs, etc. To do so, simply click on the word "Statement" at the far right of their user line, fill in the blank space with their Statement, and click "Save page".

Voting

Voting in the Elections and Referendum runs from midnight UTC, December 15, to 23:59 (UTC) December 22, 2011.
Voting will take place at User:CZ Elections December 2011. The link will also appear on the Site Notice, which will appear on all Citizendium pages.

Results

The results of the election for Author seats are as follows:

  1. Hayford Peirce and John Stephenson - 13 votes each
  2. David Finn - 8 votes
  3. Brian P. Long - 7 votes
  4. Joe Quick, Ro Thorpe - 6 votes each.

Hayford Peirce and John Stephenson are therefore elected. Reserves, if required, are, in order, David Finn, then Brian P. Long, then Joe Quick and/or Ro Thorpe.

The results of the election for Editor seats are as follows:

  1. Peter Schmitt - 17 votes
  2. Maria Cuervo - 16 votes
  3. Aleta Curry - 14 votes
  4. Jaume Cañellas Galindo - 7 votes.

Peter Schmitt and Maria Cuervo are therefore deemed elected. Reserves, if required, are, in order, Aleta Curry and Jaume Cañellas Galindo.

Referendum 1

The result was:

16 Yes votes, 10 No notes

As this referendum modifies the Charter, it required a qualified majority of two thirds of the votes validly cast in order to pass. Referendum 1 therefore IS NOT carried.

Referendum 2

The result was:

15 Yes votes, 10 No notes

This referendum therefore IS carried.

Referendum 3

The result was:

11 Yes votes, 11 No notes

This referendum therefore IS NOT carried.

Voters: 28 people took part in this election. The threshold for a citizen-initiated referendum to be included in the next election is therefore the support of six people.

The above results were submitted for audit and were approved by the Management Council.