7 Aug 2007 slef   » (Master)

SPI Election Results

I wasn't elected to SPI's board. I didn't think I would be once I saw all the other candidates (I nominated before all declared), but it looks like I would have been elected with those votes under some other common systems.

I think both first-past-the-post and alternative vote (also known as instant run-off voting, reportedly recommended by Robert's Rules for election-by-mail) would have resulted in this same board:

  1. Bdale Garbee
  2. David Graham
  3. Joshua D. Drake
  4. Martin 'Joey' Schulze
  5. Luk Claes
  6. MJ Ray

Instead, the results were:

  1. Bdale Garbee
  2. David Graham
  3. Luk Claes
  4. Joshua D. Drake
  5. Joerg Jaspert
  6. Martin Zobel-Helas

Nevertheless, well done to the new members. On one hand, I'm happier, because there's still two of my top four there and now I've less required work. On the other hand, I would have liked a crack at it myself and both boards are disappointing because there's no Ian Jackson.

An interesting thing is how many times I appear in each position in voting lists: (5, 1, 2, 1, 9, 6, 6, 3, 3, 4, 2, 9, 37), or as a bar chart:

  1. st

  2. nd

  3. rd

  4. th

  5. th

  6. th

  7. th

  8. th

  9. th

  10. th

  11. th

  12. th

  13. th

A fairly acceptable middle-of-road candidate for most of it, but then a huge spike at the low end. Note that a majority of voters put me in positions 11-13. There wasn't much warning of that one coming during hustings. WTF? There seem to be some 30 or 40 voters who really dislike me, but didn't tell me that straight, preferring to be silent then vote me down. Are you cowards, or what?

More generally, is this type of Condorcet ever likely to elect someone who polarises views, or who many inexplicably dislike? What does this say for any plan to use a Condorcet for debian's social committee? Could majorities always prevent minority reps?

Finally, as I understand it, turn-out was 25% of voting members (not the 25% of SPI members that some press reported). Why was turn-out so low?

Syndicated 2007-08-07 10:33:00 from MJR slef-reflection Recent Changes

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