Greetings Quelab Members!
The Quelab Board Of Directors Election will be held next month on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Of the seven person Board of Directors, there are four Directors ending their two year terms (Directors Craig Goldsmith, Darrel Knutson, Charel Morris, and JJ Salley), so you will be voting to elect four 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 – with today’s count of 85 active members, that would mean we need 46 or more of you to vote for it to be valid).
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 self-nominate. Once a nominee confirms their interest in running, they will have a chance to introduce themselves to the members. As done previously, we will post bios from each nominee to the wiki, 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 Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. at which point the final list of those running will be announced (though there is sometimes a day or three delay until all nominees accept or decline their nominations).
Per the By-Laws, the Vice President (John Murray) is responsible for the Election; the team handling the election will consist of John Murray, myself, Adric Menning & Bill Kriegh. As in previous elections, we will have electronic voting via OpaVote (https://www.opavote.com/). There will be no paper ballots. Voting will start on Wednesday 2/16/22 & run through Election Day, Sunday 2/20/22.
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.
Pre-pandemic, we held an Election Party at Quelab & provided food. With the recent uptick in Covid Cautions, we will NOT be holding such a party at the space, but hope everyone can attend a ZOOM Maker Chat instead.
HOW THE ELECTION WORKS
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). You can vote for one, many, or even none. An empty ballot of NO choices will still count as a ballot, as well as count towards us reaching quorum. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system. See links below for videos about how STV works.
– The list of Directors can be found at:
– the list of nominees for the Election can be found at:
– 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”