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Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election Rules

Schedule

FAmSCo members are elected for a term of two (2) major releases of Fedora, subject to be called by the Chair of the Committee, an absolute majority vote of FAmSCo, or by the Fedora Project Board .

Since the FAmSCo was chartered in between Fedora Core 6 and Fedora 7, the first set of terms will expire after Fedora 8 is released, and then terms will expire after every subsequent Fedora release.

Upon the decision to call the election, the Chair shall notify the Committee first, and then the Ambassadors. It is the Chair's duty to notify the Ambassadors even in the event that the Fedora Project Board or the Committee itself have made the decision to hold elections.

Nomination period will open immediately upon the Chair's announcement of the elections, and will continue for two weeks. Two days (48 hours) after the completion of the nomination period, the voting period will open and continue for one week.

A reminder email to those who are eligible to vote but haven't done so will be sent three days before the close of the election.

The election results will be announced in the fedora-ambassadors-list@redhat.com and other public lists, as necessary.


Seats on FAmSCo

There will be 7 seats on FAmSCo, of which 5 must be filled at all times. Replacement election must be called immediately if number of Committee members drops below 5.


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.

Candidates must self-nominate at least two days before the voting period 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 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.)

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.


Members

Members of FAmSCo will keep their seats until the next election.

Members can step down at any time for any reason, upon sending a message notifying of their resignation to the famsco-list@redhat.com

Members can be removed from the Committee for misconduct by the 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.

The removed member CAN self-nominate for the next orderly election.


Election of the Chair

No later than one week after the election is complete, the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee will elect a chairperson, subject to mandate by the Fedora Project Board within one week upon election by the FAmSCo.

FAmSCo Chair can be removed by the Fedora Project Board or by an absolute majority vote of the FAmSCo.

New Chair has to be elected within one week upon removal of the Chair.


Appointment of Vice-Chair

No later than one week upon confirmation by the Fedora Project Board , FAmSCo Chair will appoint the Vice-Chair. Vice-Chair can be re-appointed by the Chair, or by a simple majority vote of the FAmSCo.

New Vice-Chair has to be appointed within one week upon removal of the Vice-Chair.


Voters

Any member of the Ambassadors group in the Fedora Accounts System is eligible to vote in the FAmSCo elections.


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.

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.

Each voter can submit only one ballot, and all votes are final for any given election.


Notes

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