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PASS Elections: Fuzzy Math

The following is an observation and not a swipe at the process.  As I understand the current process, the regional seats are filled first before the open seats are filled.

We have 4 excellent candidates running for 3 seats on the PASS BoD this year.  One seat is earmarked for EMEA; one is for US/Canada; and one is open.  We have 1 candidate that qualifies for the EMEA seat - Jen Stirrup.  This means that Jen will be re-elected. The remaining three candidates are all eligible for the other two seats - one US/Canada and one Open. 

When you cast your vote, there are three main scenarios as I see it:

 - Scenario 1: Don't vote for Jen and cast three votes for the other candidates.  This effectively means that you voted but really did not vote.  BTW, I am not advocating that you don't vote for Jen - this is an observation on the situation and no endorsement is put forth here.

- Scenario 2: You vote for Jen and you need to pick 1 or 2 of the others - OR - you don't vote for Jen and cast only two votes for the other candidates.  This will at least make your vote impact the results in some aspect. Again, there is no advocacy here to support or not support any particular candidate.

- Scenario 3: You only cast a vote for the ONE candidate that you feel most strongly about.  Perhaps this magnifies your vote the most.  Again, I am just illustrating how you vote impacts the results.

As an aside, you can't vote more than once for a particular candidate; in other words you can't cast all three of your votes for Candidate A.  At this point, I am unsure of what I am going to do. But I will vote.  I hope that this blog post will make you do some additional research on the candidates before deciding how to cast your vote. I'm sure that all of these candidates want to make sure that you have an informed opinion when you cast your vote.

Go Research and then Go Vote! 

Published Wednesday, September 16, 2015 12:54 PM by RickHeiges
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Kev Riley said:

I bet most people don't realise this.  It feels like it would have been clearer if Jen had simply been re-elected for EMEA (being the only candidate), and that the election was between 3 candidates for 2 seats.  Otherwise, like you say, anyone voting for the 3 that are not Jen are effectively wasting their votes.

Not sure the bylaws would allow this though?

September 18, 2015 3:06 AM

RickHeiges said:

I don't like the phrase "Wasting your vote".  The number of votes cast is at least an indicator of interest.  You impact is diminished / nullified in that instance.  In this case, casting all 3 of your votes for the non-EMEA candidate is preferable to not voting at all IMHO.

There could be the possibility that Jen could receive ZERO votes.  We already know that won't happen.  But if Jen did not get ANY votes, she would not win the seat. I believe that is why she is on the ballot.

Perhaps this is another area for refinement of the process, but I do not believe it will have a major effect on this election.

September 18, 2015 8:27 AM

John Sterrett said:

Dude, I am surprised you missed the most important scenario.

In January all four candidates will be on the board regardless of votes. PASS is adding another seat and I would assume they would pick from the existing candidates.  So, odd man (Jen is guaranteed) will most likely be there by default in January.

September 23, 2015 9:36 AM

RickHeiges said:

@John - I did not pick up on that; however, the current election is for three seats.  Remember that they have not necessarily picked from the slate of candidates in the past based on the perceived characteristics desired.  If they do not choose one of the candidates on the current slate, I'm sure that we will see some grumbling.

September 23, 2015 10:48 AM

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