Greetings Quelab Members!
The Quelab Board Of Directors Election will be held next month on Sunday February 21, 2021. Of the seven person Board of Directors, there are three Directors finishing out their two year terms (current Board Chair Ethan Moses, and Directors Adric Menning and Rebecca Snyder). You will be voting to elect three Directors. All current Quelab members are required to vote in the election, and we must reach the required voter turnout for the election to be considered “valid” (per the By-laws, a quorum of voters is required, that is, 53% of you).
ELECTION PROCESS AND VOTING
Per the By-Laws, the Vice President (John Murray) is responsible for the Election; the team handling the election will consist of John Murray, John Benedetto, & Ethan Moses, with an assist from Josh Pederson (for OPAVOTE). We plan to again utilize OpaVote for electronic voting (https://www.opavote.com/). There will be no paper ballots. Voting will start on Wednesday 2/17/21 & run through Sunday 2/21/21. While we cannot hold an election party at Quelab as in previous years, we will have a virtual Election party that day, the 21st, held via ZOOM, starting @ 4:30 p.m. & running through at least 8:00 p.m..
Per Quelab’s By-Laws, the Election “meeting” is mandatory for ALL Quelab members, and all members should vote for their choice(s) for Directors on the Board (even if that vote is “none of the above”). Fortunately, voting electronically counts as “attendance”. Electronic voting simplifies things for everyone, and we encourage people to vote early. We would still like to see as many people as possible at the virtual Election Party on the 21st, since there are so few opportunities nowadays to socialize & chat with other Makers.
Nominations are now open. Any member can submit a nomination for someone to run for the Board. The nominee must be at least 18 years old, a resident of New Mexico, and does not have to be a Quelab member (but must be ~eligible~ to be a member of Quelab). Members can also nominate themselves (self-nominate). Once a nominee confirms their interest in running, they will have a chance to introduce themselves to the members. We plan to post bios to the wiki from each nominee, though we are open to other avenues for you to meet the candidates (drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and suggestions).
Nominations should be emailed to email@example.com.
Nominations close on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. at which point the final list of those running will be announced (though there is sometimes a day or two delay until all nominees accept or decline their nominations).
When voting, everyone will be asked to rank the candidates that they want to vote for; they can rank as many (or as few) as they want. Unless they are voting for none or only one candidate, the candidates must be ranked (1st choice, 2nd choice, etc). The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system.
- The list of Directors can be found at: https://quelab.net/wiki/doku.php?id=officers#board_of_directors
- 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”
- This shorter “extra” video is easier to understand concerning the STV system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac9070OIMUg – CGP Grey video, “Extra: STV Election Walkthrough”