[Noisebridge-board] Proposed election process

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Wed Oct 21 03:15:25 UTC 2009

Awesome, I will take it from here!


Andy Isaacson wrote:
> My research indicates that the best known election method is the Schulze
> method: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schulze_method
> This is a Condorcet method, and there is a straightforward Python
> implementation written by our own Ka-Ping Yee linked here:
> http://zestyping.livejournal.com/111588.html
> Ping also explains some of the issues in an earlier post:
> http://zestyping.livejournal.com/102718.html
> SHA1(election.py) = bce15d106bf2a1feb468627c545b46e0faf7ad2e
> MD5(election.py) = 6ef44d804110c87abdf8525cc51bcb91
> len(election.py) = 7348
> I propose the following timeline:
> Nominations to open immediately
> Nominations close on November 9
> Absentee ballots accepted from November 10
> Election day is November 17
> The standard method of voting shall be by secret paper ballot on
> Election Day; ballots shall be issued to members in good standing on
> Election Day.  The voter rolls shall be prepared by November 10 and
> available for review at that evening's meeting and up until election
> day.
> Absentee ballots shall be clearly marked as ballots on the envelope, and
> either
> 1. hand-delivered to the secretary or
> 2. sent by mail to our PMB postmarked before election day
> A valid ballot consists of a list of candidate names and associated
> rankings; rankings are integers in the range [1,5].  Rankings can
> repeat, but a voter may not vote for more than 5 candidates.  A ballot
> which contains more than 5 preferences is spoiled.
> I do not believe we currently have any active members identified solely
> by digital signature.  (What a shame!)  However we do have one anonymous
> member AFAIK, who may wish to become so identified for voting purposes.
> If we want to support electronic voting we can publish a GPG key to
> which signed ballots can be encrypted.  However I have no reasonable way
> to implement secret ballots in such a system.
> -andy
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