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Please note that this page may only be edited by members of the Election Committee.
Click here for the election results.

Notice to all Citizens

The Citizendium Council called an election in June 2014 to fill its seats, the position of Managing Editor, and to allow referenda on how the project is run.

Citizens nominated candidates and proposed referenda. Click here for the results.

The Election Committee members are John Stephenson and Pat Palmer.


Citizendium Council election

Any Citizen in good standing is eligible to fill a Citizendium Council seat. The elected officers will commence terms of office which begin on July 1st, 2014, as specified by the Council.

All three Citizendium Council seats were open for election. Two Editor seats have terms ending on June 30th, 2016 and one Author seat has a term ending on June 30th, 2015. In the event of a tie, whatever governing body is in place shall determine who takes the seat(s). Each voter has one vote for each seat and each proposal.

There were two candidates for two Editor seats. These candidates were subject to an approval vote, in which voters specified "Yes" or "No" to support or not support those candidates.

There were two candidates for one Author seat. Votes were cast by entering the name of the preferred Author candidate.

To see the candidate list, click here.

Managing Editor election

Any Editor in good standing is eligible to fill the Managing Editor seat. The term ends on June 30th, 2016.

There is one candidate for the position of Managing Editor. This candidate was subject to an approval vote, in which voters specified "Yes" or "No" to support or not support that candidate. For details, click here.

Ombudsman

There were no nominations for the Ombudsman position, so the office was not be elected on this occasion. The Council may later decide to run a special election to fill the seat (but see Referendum 1).

Referenda rules

According to the Charter, referenda are proposed in one of two ways:

1. Any Citizen may petition the Citizendium Council that contested rules or guidelines be submitted to a referendum. The Council must have jurisdiction over the contested matter. The 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 Citizendium 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 Citizendium Council to submit a referendum to a vote.

As 16 voters participated in the last election, four supporters were required for each referendum proposal. Referenda that seek to modify the Charter must pass with a two-thirds majority.

To view the referenda on the ballot, click here.

Timetable

The timetable for the elections was as follows:

  • Begin accepting nominations and referenda at midnight UTC on May 28th, 2014;
  • Close the period for new nominations and for candidates to accept their nominations and draft their statements at midnight UTC on June 11th, 2014;
  • Close the period for Citizen-initiated referenda to be proposed and supported at midnight UTC on June 11th, 2014;
  • Have the ballot prepared by midnight UTC on June 13th, 2014;
  • Begin accepting ballots from eligible voters from 00:01 UTC on June 14th, 2014;
  • Stop accepting ballots at midnight UTC on June 20th, 2014;
  • Release the results by midnight UTC on June 27th, 2014.

Candidates

Council Editor candidates and links to their statements

Name of nominee Acceptance of nomination Statement
Gareth Leng accept Gareth Leng 09:20, 4 June 2014 (UTC) Statement
Peter Schmitt accept Peter Schmitt 20:56, 11 June 2014 (UTC) Statement

Council Author candidates and links to their statements

Name of nominee Acceptance of nomination Statement
Christine Bush accept Christine Bush 18:59, 8 June 2014 (UTC) Statement
Meg Ireland accept Meg Ireland 16:01, 11 June 2014 (UTC) Statement

Managing Editor candidate and link to their statement

Name of nominee Acceptance of nomination Statement
Anthony Sebastian accept - Anthony Sebastian 00:47, 11 June 2014 (UTC) Statement

Referenda

The election included voting on the following referenda. Citizens could support or oppose the question by indicating 'Yes' or 'No'. For referenda that propose to modify the Citizendium Charter, a two-thirds majority of valid votes is required under Article 37. Non-Charter referenda require a simple majority of valid votes to pass.

The following referenda were authorised to appear on the ballot:

Referendum 1: Abolition of the office of Ombudsman

Proposed by John Stephenson

This referendum proposed to modify the Charter.

The details of this referendum appear here; comments appear on the Talk page and the forum discussion.

Referendum 4: Emergency procedure to resolve lack of functioning governance

Proposed by the Citizendium Council

This referendum proposed to modify the Charter.

The details of this referendum appear here; comments appear on the Talk page and the forum discussion.

Referendum 5: Open all Council seats to all Citizens

Proposed by the John Stephenson

This referendum proposed to modify the Charter.

The details of this referendum appear here; comments appear on the Talk page and the forum discussion.



Voting

The voting period is now over.


Results

9 voters participated in the election. All votes were valid. The results of the election are as follows:

Council Editor seats

Gareth Leng

Response Votes Result
Yes 8 ELECTED
No 0

Peter Schmitt

Response Votes Result
Yes 7 ELECTED
No 0

Council Author seat

Candidate Votes Result
Christine Bush 5 ELECTED
Meg Ireland 3

Managing Editor

Anthony Sebastian

Response Votes Result
Yes 8 ELECTED
No 0

Referenda

All referenda sought to modify the Charter, so required two-thirds majorities of valid votes to pass.

Referendum 1

Response Votes Result
Yes 7 PASSED
No 1

Referendum 4

Response Votes Result
Yes 6 PASSED
No 2

Referendum 5

Response Votes Result
Yes 6 PASSED
No 1


The above results were submitted for audit and were approved by Hayford Peirce on behalf of the Council.