User:ElectionJune2012

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Results of the Election

The Election Committee has now certified the results of the tallying:

Twenty-eight Citizens cast valid ballots. One ballot was received after voting closed and was not counted.

Anthony Sebastian was elected Managing Editor with 19 yays, 7 abstentions, and 2 spoiled ballots.

Referendum #1 was the only closely contested one. It received 17 yays and 10 nays. Because it proposed to modify the Charter, a two-thirds majority in favor was needed for the referendum to pass. Of the 27 votes cast, it received only 62.9% votes in favor, however, meaning that the referendum failed.

Referendum #2 passed by a majority of 23 yays to 3 nays.

Referendum #3 passed by a majority of 26 yays to 1 nay.

Referendum #4 passed by a majority of 25 yays to 2 nays.

Hayford Peirce, Chairman of the Election Committee


Managing Editor Nominees (in alphabetical order) and links to their statements

Name of nominee Acceptance of nomination Statement
Anthony Sebastian Accept Statement.

Referenda

The election will vote on the following referenda.


Citizen initiated referenda

Referendum 1: Charter majority amendment

Proposed by John Stephenson

1. Article 37, section 'Furthermore', point 3 of the Citizendium Charter shall be modified to replace the text referring to a "qualified majority of two thirds of the votes validly cast":

  • Any amendment to and any change of this Charter shall require a referendum and shall be ratified if accepted by a qualified majority of more than half the votes validly cast.

2. In the event that this referendum passes and one or more other referenda on the Charter held at the same time receive more than 50% of valid votes in support but not a two-thirds majority, then the new version of Article 37 shall apply to those other referenda, i.e. they shall also pass.

The above referendum is further discussed at Referendum 1.

As this referendum modifies the Charter, it shall be ratified if accepted by a qualified majority of two thirds of the votes validly cast.


Referendum 2: Import of material to Citizendium

Proposed by Anton Sweeney

The Citizendium community affirms:

  • the principles stated at CZ:About, namely that Citizendium "is an open wiki project dedicated to creating a free, comprehensive, and reliable repository of structured knowledge." and
  • the open nature of the project, as indicated by our use of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 licence.

The community therefore:

  • rescinds Editorial Council Resolution R-2010-013 of 12th December, 2010;
  • affirms that material that complies with our inclusion criteria may be imported into Citizendium, provided it is imported from a source either in the public domain or otherwise compatible with Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 licence;
  • encourages citizens who import such material to:
    • convert it to Citizendium standards and style, and
    • work to improve it without undue delay; and
  • affirms that where such imported material has not been worked on within 30 days of import, it may be removed, moved to userspace, moved to Cold Storage, or otherwise archived, at the request of any citizen.

The above referendum is further discussed at Referendum 2

As this referendum does not modify the Charter, it shall be ratified if accepted by a qualified majority of the votes validly cast.


Council initiated referenda

Referendum 3: Reducing the number of members of the Management Council

Proposed by the Management Council

As allowed by Article 25, Section 4, item 1, the number of Management Council members will be reduced to 3 on July 1, 2012.

The above referendum is further discussed at Referendum 3.

As this referendum does not modify the Charter, it shall be ratified if accepted by a qualified majority of the votes validly cast.


Referendum 4: Reducing the number of members of the Editorial Council

Proposed by the Editorial Council

The size of the Editorial Council shall be reduced from seven to five members (to take effect by July 1, 2012), comprising three Editor seats and two Author seats.

The above referendum is further discussed at Referendum 4

As this referendum does not modify the Charter, it shall be ratified if accepted by a qualified majority of the votes validly cast.


Voting

Voting in the Elections and Referendum runs from midnight UTC, June 10, 2012, to midnight UTC June 17, 2012.

Voting instructions

First, make sure you are logged in to Citizendium, then:

  1. Copy the text of the "Ballot paper" from the next section.
  2. On the menu on the far left of this page, under Toolbox, you will see a menu item, E-mail this user. Click on that link.
  3. This will take you to a page where you can enter the text of your email.
  4. Paste in the text of the "Ballot paper" that you previously copied.
  5. Under the heading Managing Editor, type the name of your preferred candidate. (You may also abstain by not filling in anything in this section).
  6. Under the heading Referendum 1, type "Yes" if you wish to vote in favour of the referendum, or type "No" if you wish to vote against the referendum. (You may also abstain by not filling in anything in this section).
  7. Under the heading Referendum 2, type "Yes" if you wish to vote in favour of the referendum, or type "No" if you wish to vote against the referendum. (You may also abstain by not filling in anything in this section).
  8. Under the heading Referendum 3, type "Yes" if you wish to vote in favour of the referendum, or type "No" if you wish to vote against the referendum. (You may also abstain by not filling in anything in this section).
  9. Under the heading Referendum 4, type "Yes" if you wish to vote in favour of the referendum, or type "No" if you wish to vote against the referendum. (You may also abstain by not filling in anything in this section).
  10. Check what you've entered to make sure it accurately reflects your preferences.
  11. Click on the Send button.

That's it - you've just cast your ballot. Thank you for participating!

Ballot paper

Managing Editor -- Anthony Sebastian is the only candidate


Referendum 1 — Charter Majority Amendment


Referendum 2 — Import of Material to Citizendium


Referendum 3 — Reducing the Management Council


Referendum 4 — Reducing the Editorial Council