User:Cwickert/Common Fedora Election Guidelines

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Introduction
This a result of my Proposed FAmSCo election rules. While the previuos version was more based on the FESCo election policy, this one - while outlining the same policy - is based on the Board's succession planning. The goal is to have common Fedora election guidlines for the Board, FAmSCo and FESCo. Each can still have their individual guidelines we really don't need to define terms like "seat" or "term" three times.


Contents

Version 2

Composition

The Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee has nine (7) seats, occupied by five (5) elected members and four (4) appointed members. All seats are occupied by Fedora community members. The Board has a Chairman, and that person is the Red Hat-appointed Fedora Project Leader .

Definitions

OPEN SEAT: A seat is open when it is subject to the current election process.

TERM: FAmSCo members are elected for a term of two (2) major releases of Fedora. However, a FAmSCo member may resign his/her seat at any time.

CONTINUITY: It is FAmSCo's desire to "roll over" about half of the seats with each term expiration.

ELIGIBLE VOTER: Any person in the Fedora Account System who has completed the Contributor License Agreement and is member of at least other group.

Elections

SCHEDULE: Elections for those seats subject thereto on FAmSCo are held no more than 30 days after each major release of Fedora.

CHAIR: The Fedora Project Leader is appointed and not subject to elections.

APPOINTED SEATS: The people in these seats are appointed rather than community elected. Red Hat's continued interest in the success of Fedora ensures that qualified, motivated, and appropriately experienced individuals occupy these seats. Ultimately, the Fedora Project Leader has final say over who are in the appointed seats, and may choose to fill any of these seats with any members of the Fedora community.

ELECTED SEATS: The remaining seats are subject to a general election of nominees from within the Fedora Project community. Any members of the Fedora community may run for election.

NOMINATIONS: Nominations may be made by and of any eligible voter. Sitting Board members are not restricted from nomination or re-election to open seats.

BALLOTING: Elections are held by a ballot of eligible voters, using the election system in place for other Fedora subproject steering committee elections. The Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee ensures that this system provides a fair, equitable, and open means for elections.

ORDER OF OPERATIONS: All appointed seats with the exception of one (1) will be announced prior to the elected seats being determined. The final appointment is held back to allow the FPL to look at the entire incoming Board composition and use the last appointed seat to make sure that the breadth of skills represented is suitable.

INSUFFICIENT NOMINATIONS: If there are fewer nominees for elected Board seats than required to fill all seats, then the FPL will appoint individuals to fill any empty seats for a full term. At the expiry of the term, the seats in question revert to elected seats.

REMOVAL: 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, 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, FAmSCo member in question may be removed by unanimous vote of the other members of FAmSCo. Any resulting open seat will be filled as follows:

  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.

The term of the interim member will be the remainder of the original term for that seat.

AMENDMENT: Changes to this process may be made by a 2/3 vote of the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee and the approval of the Chair.