Independent Observer Thread for 2022 GOSH Community Council Election

Hello everyone!

I would like to introduce our independent observer for the 2022 GOSH election, Heather Leson @heatherleson! Find out more about Heather by reading her bio below:

Heather Leson is driven by a world where everyone lends a hand. At the intersection of social impact, strategy, technology, and open principles, she delivers innovative products and experiences with global networks. Using hybrid skills of participatory design expertise, global network engagement, partnership building, and open collaboration methods, she has led strategic organizational transformation for both Ushahidi and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. As an Open Ambassador (Red Hat), Heather writes and advocates for open organizational values to support governance shifts and strategic global community engagement. A leader in the open space: she has represented and worked for many open organizations including serving as the Board Member of both the OpenStreetMap Foundation (2 years) and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (4 years). Heather is a frequent public speaker and facilitator on topics of open methodologies, digital communities, digital transformation strategy, and product development. She co-wrote a chapter on the State of Data in Humanitarian Action in the State of Open Data book, a chapter in Red Hat’s The Open Organization Workbook on Open Communities and an e-book on Bringing open to Social impact organizations.

A warm welcome and huge thank you to Heather for contributing her time to the election!

What is the purpose of this thread?
I will continue to update this thread throughout the election, to which Heather will respond with questions/concerns, or a simple yay or nay.

I will also send Heather detailed notes as I continue to administer the election so that she can raise any questions or concerns regarding what’s happened.

What Have We Discussed Already?

Heather and I have already spoken about how the GOSH election is run and the role of the independent observer. I have also sent her information regarding the candidate nominations so that she can review the validation process for ensuring that candidates are eligible to run and vote.

Upcoming Action Items for the Secretary and Observer

  1. The Independent observer and election secretary will confirm a meeting time to tabulate the vote in July.
  2. The Independent observer and election secretary will come up with a plan on what to do in the case of a tie during the election. (You can see what the plan was for the 2021 election here)

Best,
Bri

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Just sending some election updates to the thread!

I have wrapped up the candidate eligibility process and announced the candidates for the 2022 election! You can see the announcement here.

@heatherleson feel free to respond to this thread with any comments you may have on the process so far!

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Hi all! Following up on this thread to share some election updates before voting starts later this week.

Voter registration closes at 11:59 pm Anywhere on Earth (AoE) on Thursday, June 23rd , which is 11:59 am UTC on Friday, June 24th / 10 pm on Friday, June 24th for me in Melbourne.

Once registration closes, I will go ahead and create the election (using this procedure that I documented from the last election) and invite registered voters to vote. Voting will be open from June 24th to July 4th.

Voter Registration & Eligibility

As voters register to vote, I have been checking their eligibility on an ongoing basis. I have already sent the full list of registered voters to @heatherleson so that she has access to it and is able to see how the validation process has been going.

I also created this document where I selected a small sample of registrants, anonymized their information, and explained the process of how I checked their eligibility. I created this to be shared back with the community so that you all can see how I have been checking voter eligibility.

Upcoming Action Items for the Secretary and Observer

  1. The Independent observer and election secretary will come up with a plan on what to do in the case of a tie during the election. (You can see what the plan was for the 2021 election here)
  2. Independent observer can follow up on this thread with any yays/nays or objections they have so far