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= Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election Rules =
 
= Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election Rules =
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FAmSCo elections help to keep the leadership of the project in touch with the ambassadors who make up the project.
  
 
== Schedule ==
 
== Schedule ==
  
FAmSCo members are elected for a term of two (2) major releases of Fedora, unless an election is called early by the Chairperson of the committee, an absolute majority vote of FAmSCo, or by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]].
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FAmSCo elections will be held twice a year, as part of the Fedora Project combined election process.
 
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FAmSCo was chartered in between Fedora Core 6 and Fedora 7.  Therefore, the first set of terms expired after Fedora 8 was released, and future terms expire after every subsequent even numbered Fedora release.
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Upon the decision to call the election, the Chairpersonhair shall notify the Committee first, and then the Ambassadors. It is the Chairperson's duty to notify the Ambassadors even in the event that the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]] or the committee itself have made the decision to hold elections. '''(Max -- I think this paragraph isn't really needed, and could be removed.  We want these rules to be as simple as possible.)'''
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The scheduling of the election will be set by the Fedora Election Coordinator after consultation with the Chairperson.  Full details of the schedule will be announced widely prior to the beginning of the nomination period.  In conjunction with other Fedora elections, reminder emails will be sent to those who are eligible to vote several times during the course of the election.
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The election results will be announced in the fedora-ambassadors-list@redhat.com and other public lists.
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== Seats on FAmSCo ==
 
== Seats on FAmSCo ==
  
There are 7 seats on FAmSCo, of which 5 must be filled at all timesA replacement election must be called immediately if number of active committee members drops below 5.
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There are 7 seats on FAmSCo.  7 seats were up for the F17 and earlier elections, and the following election will have all seats up for vote, too, but this time the 4 highest vote-getters will serve two releases, the lowest 3 vote-getters will serve 1 releaseAfter that, the seats up for election will alternate based on the seats up for election in the prior election.
  
{{admon/warning | What does "replacement" refers to? Blank seats or the entire committee? [[User:Susmit|susmit]] 18:07, 5 January 2010 (UTC)}}
 
 
== Candidates ==
 
== Candidates ==
  
Candidates may be any member of the Ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System. This helps ensure FAmSCo members have some experience with the processes of Fedora Ambassadors, but still allows relatively new contributors to sit on FAmSCo and bring fresh ideas to the table.
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Candidates may be any member of the ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System. This helps ensure FAmSCo members have some experience with the processes of Fedora but still allows relatively new contributors to sit on FAmSCo and bring fresh ideas to the table.
  
Candidates must self-nominate before the close of the announced nomination period by appending '''(alphabetically -- [[User:Susmit|susmit]])''' their information into the wiki (Fedora account, email and irc nick, statement of past contributions and what they hope to accomplish while a member of FAmSCo) after any existing nominations. '''(Nominations without candidate statements are/are not (decide) accepted [[User:Susmit|susmit]])'''
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Candidates must self nominate at least three days before the election opens by writing their information onto the wiki (Fedora account, email and irc nick, statement of past contributions and what they hope to accomplish while a member of FAmSCo.) In addition, candidates must not be a citizen of an export-restricted country (see [[Legal/Export#Embargoed_Destinations|Legal/Export#Embargoed_Destinations]] for the list of export restricted countries).
  
In order to hold an election, a minimum number of candidates are necessary. This will be the number of open seats + 25%. If there are 7 seats available, there will need to be at least 9 candidates. If not enough candidates have signed up by the deadline, the election will be held back by one week for more candidates to be nominated. If there are still not enough candidates, the candidates who are present will be voted upon (or merely confirmed if there are less candidates than open seats).
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In order to hold an election, a minimum number of candidates are necessary. This will be the number of open seats + 25%. If there are 4 seats available, there will need to be at least 5 candidates. If not enough candidates have signed up by the deadline, the election may be delayed waiting for more candidates to appear, in coordination with the schedule for combined Fedora elections. If there are still not enough candidates, the candidates who are present will be voted upon (or merely confirmed if there are less candidates than open seats.) If FAmSCo does not have the full number of seats filled at this point, please see [[#FillingVacancies|Filling Vacant Seats]] below.
  
If a candidate no longer wishes to be on FAmSCo, they have to withdraw their name from the list of nominations at least 24 hours before the voting period opens, to avoid having their name being added to the ballot.
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== Voters ==
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Any person in the Fedora Account System who has completed the Contributor License Agreement and is member of at least one other group - including, but not limited to the group of ambassadors - is eligible to vote in the FAmSCo elections.
  
 
== Members ==
 
== Members ==
  
Members of FAmSCo will keep their seats until the next election.
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Members of FAmSCo are elected for a term of two (2) major releases of Fedora. However, a FAmSCo member may resign his/her seat at any time for any reason by notifying the rest of the committee as well as the Fedora Ambassadors community of their decision.
  
Members can step down at any time for any reason, simply by notifying the rest of the committee '''( and community after explaining the reason -- [[User:Susmit|susmit]] 18:09, 5 January 2010 (UTC))''' of their decision.
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In the event of repeated absence without contact, or other serious misconduct or negligence, a FAmSCo member may be subject to removal. Before any other process occurs, the FAmSCo member in question will be personally contacted by the FAmSCo Chair to try to resolve the situation. If this contact does not successfully resolve the situation, the FAmSCo member in question may be removed by unanimous vote of the other members of FAmSCo. Any resulting open seat will be filled as described in [[#FillingVacancies|Filling Vacant Seats]] below. The term of the interim member will be the remainder of the original term for that seat.
 
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Members can be removed from the committee for misconduct by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]]  or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.  If an election becomes necessary upon member removal, the member cannot self-nominate for this election, but the removed member CAN self-nominate for the next orderly election. '''(--[[User:Ke4qqq|ke4qqq]] 18:08, 5 January 2010 (UTC) -- a strict reading of this would lead one to believe that others could nominate the individual who was removed. I'd propose at least s/self-nominate/be nominated/g for the paragraph - alternatively s/self-nominate/run/g should work as well)'''
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== Election of the Chairperson ==
 
== Election of the Chairperson ==
  
Once an election is completed, the committee must elect a Chairperson, subject to ratification by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]].  This will be done by the end of the first FAmSCo meeting that is held after the election.  The FAmSCo Chairperson can be removed by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]] or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.  If this happens, a new Chairperson must be elected within one week.
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Once an election is completed, the committee must elect a Chairperson.  This must be done by no later than two weeks or two meetings that are held after the election. Until a new Chairperson is elected, the current chair will continue in that role.  The FAmSCo Chairperson can only be removed from this position by an unanimous vote of the other FAmSCo members.  If this happens, a new Chairperson must be elected within one week.
  
 
== Appointment of Vice-Chairperson ==
 
== Appointment of Vice-Chairperson ==
  
No later than one week upon confirmation by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]], the FAmSCo chairperson will appoint the Vice-Chairperson.  The FAmSCo Vice-Chairperson can be removed by the [[Board|Fedora Project Board]] or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.  If this happens, a new Vice-Chairperson must be appointed within one week.
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No later than two weeks after election, the FAmSCo chairperson will appoint the Vice-Chairperson.  The FAmSCo Vice-Chairperson can only be removed from this position by an unanimous vote of the other FAmSCo members.  If this happens, a new Vice-Chairperson must be appointed within one week.''
  
== Voters ==
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== Filling Vacant Seats ==
  
Any member of the Ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System is eligible to vote in the FAmSCo elections.
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If FAmSCo does not have all its seats filled due to members leaving or other lack, the vacant seats will attempt to be filled by the following methods:
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# If there are runner-up candidates from the previous election that did not have the opportunity to be on FAmSCo, they will be considered and offered a seat.
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# If those candidates have been exhausted or FAmSCo does not consider them eligible, FAmSCo will ask Fedora community members that they think would do a good job if they would be willing to hold the open seats.
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# If the open seats are still not filled, FAmSCo will operate with less members until the next FAmSCo election.
  
 
== Voting System ==
 
== Voting System ==
  
The voting model for the election aims to be simple, easy to audit, and fair in case someone resigns and their runner-up is selected. We have chosen a specific method of Range Voting to address these criteria.
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The [http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora_Contributor_Documentation/1/html/Fedora_Elections_Guide/index.html Fedora Elections Guide] provides information about the voting system for all Fedora elections.
 
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A voter receives a ballot listing all the candidates. For each candidate the voter assigns from 0 to number of candidates points. At the close of the election, the points for each candidate are tallied and the ones with the most points win a seat. For example, if we have 20 candidates running for 7 seats, the voter will be presented with a ballot where they can assign 0-20 points to each candidate. After voting, the 7 candidates with the most points will win the election.
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Each voter can submit only one ballot, and all votes are final for any given election.
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
  
There are no term limits imposed by this policy. If FAmSCo chooses to impose term limits for its internal positions (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, etc.) those should be specified in the FAmSCo bylaws rather than in this document.
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There are no term limits imposed by this policy. If FAmSCo chooses to impose term limits for its internal positions (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, etc.) those should be specified in the FAmSCo by-laws rather than this document.
  
 
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[edit] Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election Rules

FAmSCo elections help to keep the leadership of the project in touch with the ambassadors who make up the project.

[edit] Schedule

FAmSCo elections will be held twice a year, as part of the Fedora Project combined election process.

[edit] Seats on FAmSCo

There are 7 seats on FAmSCo. 7 seats were up for the F17 and earlier elections, and the following election will have all seats up for vote, too, but this time the 4 highest vote-getters will serve two releases, the lowest 3 vote-getters will serve 1 release. After that, the seats up for election will alternate based on the seats up for election in the prior election.

[edit] Candidates

Candidates may be any member of the ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System. This helps ensure FAmSCo members have some experience with the processes of Fedora but still allows relatively new contributors to sit on FAmSCo and bring fresh ideas to the table.

Candidates must self nominate at least three days before the election opens by writing their information onto the wiki (Fedora account, email and irc nick, statement of past contributions and what they hope to accomplish while a member of FAmSCo.) In addition, candidates must not be a citizen of an export-restricted country (see Legal/Export#Embargoed_Destinations for the list of export restricted countries).

In order to hold an election, a minimum number of candidates are necessary. This will be the number of open seats + 25%. If there are 4 seats available, there will need to be at least 5 candidates. If not enough candidates have signed up by the deadline, the election may be delayed waiting for more candidates to appear, in coordination with the schedule for combined Fedora elections. If there are still not enough candidates, the candidates who are present will be voted upon (or merely confirmed if there are less candidates than open seats.) If FAmSCo does not have the full number of seats filled at this point, please see Filling Vacant Seats below.

[edit] Voters

Any person in the Fedora Account System who has completed the Contributor License Agreement and is member of at least one other group - including, but not limited to the group of ambassadors - is eligible to vote in the FAmSCo elections.

[edit] Members

Members of FAmSCo are elected for a term of two (2) major releases of Fedora. However, a FAmSCo member may resign his/her seat at any time for any reason by notifying the rest of the committee as well as the Fedora Ambassadors community of their decision.

In the event of repeated absence without contact, or other serious misconduct or negligence, a FAmSCo member may be subject to removal. Before any other process occurs, the FAmSCo member in question will be personally contacted by the FAmSCo Chair to try to resolve the situation. If this contact does not successfully resolve the situation, the FAmSCo member in question may be removed by unanimous vote of the other members of FAmSCo. Any resulting open seat will be filled as described in Filling Vacant Seats below. The term of the interim member will be the remainder of the original term for that seat.

[edit] Election of the Chairperson

Once an election is completed, the committee must elect a Chairperson. This must be done by no later than two weeks or two meetings that are held after the election. Until a new Chairperson is elected, the current chair will continue in that role. The FAmSCo Chairperson can only be removed from this position by an unanimous vote of the other FAmSCo members. If this happens, a new Chairperson must be elected within one week.

[edit] Appointment of Vice-Chairperson

No later than two weeks after election, the FAmSCo chairperson will appoint the Vice-Chairperson. The FAmSCo Vice-Chairperson can only be removed from this position by an unanimous vote of the other FAmSCo members. If this happens, a new Vice-Chairperson must be appointed within one week.

[edit] Filling Vacant Seats

If FAmSCo does not have all its seats filled due to members leaving or other lack, the vacant seats will attempt to be filled by the following methods:

  1. If there are runner-up candidates from the previous election that did not have the opportunity to be on FAmSCo, they will be considered and offered a seat.
  2. If those candidates have been exhausted or FAmSCo does not consider them eligible, FAmSCo will ask Fedora community members that they think would do a good job if they would be willing to hold the open seats.
  3. If the open seats are still not filled, FAmSCo will operate with less members until the next FAmSCo election.

[edit] Voting System

The Fedora Elections Guide provides information about the voting system for all Fedora elections.

[edit] Notes

There are no term limits imposed by this policy. If FAmSCo chooses to impose term limits for its internal positions (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, etc.) those should be specified in the FAmSCo by-laws rather than this document.