2018 Board of Directors Election

Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election will be held on Sunday February 18, 2018. Of the seven person Board of Directors, there are four directors finishing out their two year terms, so you will be voting to elect four Directors. The election party will be held at Quelab, starting at 5:00 p.m. and running until 8:00 p.m. or later, if we don’t reach the required voter turnout (per the By-laws, a quorum of voters is required, that is, 52% turnout.) Like last year, we will be providing food, and hope to have Quelab members come out to socialize & enjoy the party. And yes, this timeframe extends into the regularly scheduled 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Hacknight.

Election Process & Voting

The Election will be handled by Josh Pedersen & Celeste Nichols-Gangwere, with assists from other volunteers. We plan to again utilize OpaVote for electronic voting. There will be no paper ballots. Voting will start earlier that week, perhaps Wednesday (exact date still to be set).


NOTE: Per Quelab’s By-Laws, the Election “meeting” is mandatory for all Quelab members, and all members should vote for their choice(s) for Board of Directors (even if that vote is “none of the above”). Fortunately, voting electronically counts as “attendance”. Early electronic voting simplifies things for everyone, and we encourage as many people to vote early as possible. The election team still wants to see as many Quelab members as possible at the party. Come to Quelab & have some fun with us!


Beginning now, any member can submit a nomination for the election. The nominee must be at least 18 years old, a resident of New Mexico, but does not have to be a Quelab member. Members can nominate themselves. Once a nominee confirms their interest in running, they will have a chance to introduce themselves and communicate their interest to the members. We hope to post a short bio to the blog for each nominee. Send nominations to elections@quelab.net. Nominations close on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and we will send out the formal list of nominees the next day, Sunday the 11th.

Vote Ranking

When voting, everyone will be asked to rank all of the candidates that they want to vote for; they can rank as many candidates as they want. Unless they are voting for only one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system.

Additional Links:

– The list of Directors can be found at: https://quelab.net/wiki/doku.php?id=officers#board_of_directors

– This shorter “extra” video is easier to understand the voting system we are using: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac9070OIMUg – CGP Grey video “Extra: STV Election Walkthrough”

– This longer video introduces STV, or “Single Transferable Vote” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8XOZJkozfI – CGP Grey video “Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote”