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2020 Board of Directors Election Announcement

(Note: this content originally appeared as an email to Quelab members on January 9, I’m making a post here for easy sharing on Facebook, etc as we approach the deadline for nominations. -Rebecca)



2020 Board of Directors Election Announcement

TL;DR: mandatory Board of Directors election 2-16, nominations open now, early electronic voting, catered election party on the 16th, come have fun with us!  Send nominations & questions to ELECTIONS@quelab.net

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Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election will be held on Sunday February16, 2019. 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, 53% turnout). Like previous years, we will be providing food, and hope to have many Quelab members come out to socialize, be a part of the process & enjoy the party at the same time. 

ELECTION PROCESS AND VOTING – Per the By-Laws, the Election will be handled by Vice President John Murray with assists from other volunteers.  We plan to again utilize OpaVote for electronic voting (https://www.opavote.com/). There will be no paper ballots.  Voting will start earlier that week, perhaps Wednesday (exact date still to be set).

MANDATORY – 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”.  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!

NOMINATIONS – Nominations are now open. 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 (but must be ~eligible~ to be a member of Quelab). Members can nominate themselves (self-nominate). 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 wiki for each nominee. Send nominations to elections@quelab.net. Nominations close on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and barring complications, we will send out the official list of nominees the next day, Sunday the 9th.

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 (or as few) candidates as they want. Unless they are voting for no or only one candidate, the votes must be ranked. 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”

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


2016 Annual Election Recap

Last night, we held our Election Party at Tractor Brewing Wells Park; we had a good turnout of Quelab members. Going into the party at 7PM we had 27 voters request electronic voting codes, which meant we needed only 27 voters to vote in person to make our quorum of 54 votes. We had 12 votes cast in-person, so a mad-dash to get 15 more electronic voters coincided with a convenient extension of the voting period to allow us to keep the polls open until 9PM and get a total of 58 voters through the system.

Using OpaVote to conduct a Scottish STV count, we entered in the in-person votes and ran the tally. Twelve candidates, 49 ballots, and ten rounds of vote allocation, reallocation, and candidate elimination, the final result came down to John Benedetto (JT), Don Menning (Gönner), Charel Morris, and Craig Goldsmith (Zoot) winning seats on the Board of Directors.

For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty of the breakdown, the summary is as follows:
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2016 Board Election Process

Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election is coming up. There will be a period of 3 days for people to vote, ending Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 8pm during our election celebration event. During the election period, all voting members will have a chance to submit their vote electronically. At the election event, before 8pm, anyone who hasn’t voted yet can submit a paper ballot.

Nominations – Beginning now, any member can submit a nomination for the election. The nominee must be at least 18 years old but does not have to be a Quelab member. Members can nominate themselves. Once a nominee confirms that they are interested they will have a chance to introduce themselves and communicate their interest to the members. Nominees will be encouraged to create a 3-minute or less YouTube video to introduce themselves as a candidate. Send nominations to secretary@quelab.net. Nominations will close on February 12, 2016.

Counting – 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 only voting for one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system. This video has a good explanation of that system:

There is a minimum quorum requirement (52%), and we want to have everyone’s input, so please vote!

If there are any questions please address them to officers@quelab.net

Sincerely
Chris Hughes
Secretary