[PDB-gov] Vote collection and counting
steven.feldman at cbsinteractive.com
Fri Nov 6 13:12:47 PST 2015
I think it's a good idea. I'm also willing to help with the election
committee if needed, since I'm not a candidate.
> On Nov 6, 2015, at 12:58 PM, Chris Caputo <secretary at peeringdb.com> wrote:
> Great points.
> If the consensus here is to use BigPulse, I'm in and will do what the
> community wants.
> Any objections to using BigPulse?
>> On Fri, 6 Nov 2015, Dave Temkin wrote:
>> We agree on so much - but "I think it's hard" isn't really a reason to
>> not use an impartial vote counting mechanism. What if Richard runs for
>> the Board? How do you then fairly select another party?
>> List of familiar organizations known to use BigPulse:
>> We have representatives from many of those organizations on this list;
>> I'm confident that they are all willing to lend a hand in getting it set
>> up. I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is and sponsor the cost.
>> On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 9:45 PM, Chris Caputo <secretary at peeringdb.com> wrote:
>> As we navigate the minefield of differing viewpoints, the overriding goal
>> here is legitimacy. I am motivated to run this election in a manner which
>> will not be challenged by reasonable people. Thus I want to make sure you
>> and anyone else are satisfied with the fairness and openness of the
>> In regards to my conflict of interest, it is important to repeat to all
>> here, members and candidates, that a future Board may choose to pay me for
>> organizational and/or financial services. I am motivated to do a good and
>> honest job, both because it is the right thing to do, and because it may
>> reflect well on me in the eyes of a future Board. I also understand that
>> I may not be retained, regardless of how well this process goes.
>> The plan I negotiated between Richard Turkbergen, Patrick Gilmore, Aaron
>> Hughes and Matthew Griswold, as part of having an open election, is to
>> have ballots go to secretary at peeringdb.com, with the alias being staffed
>> by Richard Turkbergen, Patrick Gilmore, and myself.
>> The benefit of having multiple parties receive the secretary@ emails is to
>> provide an auditing mechanism.
>> An issue has been raised in regards to Patrick receiving the emails, since
>> Patrick has also declared for the Board. (He is one of the nine present
>> Patrick has agreed to be removed from secretary@, and that removal has
>> been completed.
>> That means that both Richard Turkbergen (née Richard Steenbergen, the
>> original creator of PeeringDB) and myself will receive the votes.
>> In regards to use of BigPulse or other voting services...
>> Keep in mind that an issue we have is that each vote will need to be
>> carefully checked to make sure that organizations are not duplicate
>> voting. In additional each voter will need to be checked against the
>> PeeringDB database to make sure they match the member definition of
>> representing an active PeeringDB account.
>> I have experience running Board elections by hand, with a spreadsheet, and
>> am confident in my ability to do so. I do not have experience in setting
>> up a BigPulse or other electronic voting service for a Board election, and
>> would be leery of screwing it up, thus destroying the progress we have
>> made. I am concerned that a 3rd party runs the same risk.
>> In the future Matthew believes he will be able to integrate voting into
>> the website itself, so that these issues are handled and vote tabulation
>> is automated, but we do not have that for this election. Hopefully it
>> will be tested and in place for the proposed April election.
>>> On Fri, 6 Nov 2015, Dave Temkin wrote:
>>> Given there's a proposed commercial relationship between you and PDB,
>>> made by people up for election, wouldn't you call that a Conflict of
>>> Why not BigPulse, with a disinterested party a la most elections committees?
>>> On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:14 PM, Chris Caputo <secretary at peeringdb.com> wrote:
>>> Hi Anna,
>>> That will be me, per:
>>> On Fri, 6 Nov 2015, Anna Claiborne wrote:
>>> > Hello
>>> > Who will be the responsible party for collecting and counting the votes
>>> > in the upcoming PDB election? I wasn’t able to find any reference for
>>> > this on https://www.caputo.com/pdb/ in the election statement or bylaws.
>>> > Apologies if I missed it and it is stated somewhere.
>>> > -Anna
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