Call for votes for SPI board of directors membership election

Wichert Akkerman secretary at
Fri Nov 7 00:03:40 UTC 2003

At its October 14, 2003 meeting the board of directors accepted
resolution 2003-10-14.iwj.6, which details the procedure for extending
the board with three new members.

During the period from November 7 to (but not including) November 21
(UTC) contributing members can cast their vote online. People who
become contributing members during this period are also eligible for
voting. The voting system can be found at the following address:

Please take a look at the statements submitted by the candiates at before casting
your vote.

Votes will be counted using the "Concordet" election method system which
will be used to select the most preferred candidate. Conceptually, the
election will be broken into a a series of pairwise races between each
possible paring of the candidates. If one candidate beats each of the
others in pairwise races, that candidate wins. Otherwise, the
"Cloneproof/Schwartz Sequential Dropping" method is employed to choose
the most preferred candidate from those remaining.

As such, vote preferences should be made by ranking the candidates. A
vote that simply specifies "X" is does not imply preference. Your
preference will be shown best when you specify all candidates in order
of preference (i.e. "XYZWTUV"). Voting "XY" implies that you prefer
candidate X to candidate Y but will not affect the races between X and
the other candidates or Y and the other candidates. Voting for a single
candidate has no meaning with this method and will not be possible.

Some background reading on preferential voting and Concordet is
available online at .


Wichert Akkerman <wichert at>    It is simple to make things.                   It is hard to make things simple.

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