[BSDCert-Announce] bylaws modified
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Wed Feb 4 17:17:13 EST 2009
The BSDCG bylaws (http://www.bsdcertification.org/BSDCG/bylaws.html) have
been modified. The changes simplify the voting process for electing board
members and make it easier for the community to be involved in this process.
Details of the changes are appended to this email.
We do have an election coming up. If you're interested in acting as the
non-voting chair (the person who receives and confirms nominations from the
community), ping me off-list.
Article V: Section 5
Directors shall be chosen according to the procedures described in Article
VII of these Bylaws.
REMOVE Section 1 (it has been merged with Section 3)
REMOVE Section 2: Nominating Committee
Section 3: Nomination of Directors
Nominations for Directors will be accepted from the general BSD community
during a nomination period prior to an election to fill open Director
positions. The Board of Directors will appoint one non-voting chair to
receive nominations, acknowledge receipt of each nomination, and confirm
that each nominee is willing to accept their nomination. Each nominee must
respond within 10 days of being contacted for their nomination to be
Once the non-voting chair is selected, the non-voting chair shall publish to
the public announce mailing list plus any other lists deemed appropriate:
(1) the number of Board of Directors seats to be filled, and (2) an e-mail
address to which nominations may be sent. The number of the Board of
Director seats to be filled is specified by the sitting Board in accordance
with the Bylaws. Nominations shall be accepted for thirty days and the
nomination period will last a maximum of 40 days to give time for nominees
to confirm their nomination. Incumbents that do not respond within 10 days
of being contacted will be considered as having declined their nomination.
The Board of Directors may designate a minimum number of nominations needed
for each candidate for Director. In lieu of such a designation, only one
Nomination shall be needed.
Section 4: Selection of Candidates
At the close of the nomination period, the Board of Directors or the
non-voting chair shall publicly publish the names of the confirmed nominees
along with the number of nominations received by each. The BSDCG will then
conduct a 2 week period of internal deliberations to determine that all
nominees are capable of fulfilling a Board position.
Section 5: Confirmation of Candidates
After the 2 week deliberation period, the BSDCG will hold an internal vote
where each eligible voting member will select their choices for each Board
position using the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count">
standard Borda Count method</a>. Voting may take place electronically,
according to procedures established by the Board of Directors. This voting
period is to last 10 days. At the end of the voting period, the non-voting
chair will tally the votes and announce the results to the BSDCG. If there
is a tie for a Director position, the non-voting chair shall break the tie.
Section 6: Length of Process
The entirety of this process, from the appointment of the non-voting chair
to the public announcement of the final voting results is expected to take
less than 64 days.
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