[UA-discuss] Resolving the Vice Chair elections situation

Ram Mohan rmohan at afilias.info
Thu Mar 9 22:12:49 UTC 2017

Thanks Jim. Over to you, Don

On Mar 9, 2017 2:03 PM, "Jim DeLaHunt" <jfrom.uasg at jdlh.com> wrote:

> Ram (and Don):
> On 2017-03-09 01:57, Ram Mohan wrote:
> … I suggested all 6 become Vice-Chairs by acclamation. There is rough
> consensus for this position.
> However, two issues give us pause:
> 1.      Changing rules mid-stream. We had a duly constituted process
> through which we began executing elections. Changing the rules after the
> fact demonstrates the wrong approach towards governance – even though we
> are a very collegial group with a common, shared goal.
> 2.      If everyone had known that all nominees would/could become
> Vice-Chairs, potentially **more** nominees would have volunteered.
> Changing the rules after the fact therefore potentially disenfranchises
> those folks.
> I think these are very wise observations. I agree that these issues are
> important, and justify holding the election.
> As a result, I am asking Don Hollander to resume the election process for
> the 3 Vice Chair positions, … Don, please let the election run until after
> the close of the ICANN58 meeting, but let the voting commence in the next
> couple of days….
> I don't recall seeing any specifics about the method of casting votes or
> counting votes. I'll repeat my advice from a few weeks ago:
> On 2017-02-23 20:47, Jim DeLaHunt wrote:
> Second, if there is to be an election, there are a variety of rules for
> running elections. This is something I am quite interested in. For a group
> like this, my belief is that Preferential ballots, counted by a Single
> Transferable Vote method
> <https://www.opavote.com/methods/single-transferable-vote> would be a
> good choice for electing three vice-chairs from more candidates.  (To elect
> only one chair, the related Preferential ballots, counted by an Instant
> Runoff Voting method
> <https://www.opavote.com/methods/instant-runoff-voting> works well.)
> I'm happy to assist Don with the mechanics of the elections, if he wishes.
> Other groups I am in have used the OpaVote service
> <https://www.opavote.com/methods/single-transferable-vote>, and it works
> well.
> Best regards,
>        --Jim DeLaHunt, Vancouver, Canada
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