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RE: [ga] withdrawal of candidacy

> Without any comment on votes, given that I endorsed all four candidates to
> ensure that there could be a valid election, I am somewhat concerned.
> Without a fourth candidate, I probably would have worked harder to recruit
> someone to run.  That might be true of others, as well.
> This is in no way a commentary on the candidates who are standing, but more
> a comment on other things.  Everyone who is standing has made a considerable
> effort to organize themselves/their work/etc. so they can offer to take on
> the considerable work of chair, c-chair.
> We are all obviously learning as we build... 

I do not believe one can decline a nomination after voting has begun.  The vote 
has to go to its natural conclusion and then a winner is declared.  Now if it 
is not Jon then we have no problem.  If it is Jon then he effectively resigns 
immediately as the GA nominee to the NC for Chair.

The question then before us is whether we run another election with fresh calls 
for candidates.  One can argue this has some merit as some may not have 
accepted nomination because Jon was a nominee.

The other option is that as we are fortunate enough to have a preferential 
voting system (lowest polling candidate drops off until someone gets 50%+1) one 
can re-allocate votes for Jon according to the next preferences and declare 
that person the GA nominee for Chair.

I believe that the GA itself has to decide this issue and that a quick poll 
should be done of whether we wish to re-open nominations *if Jon is the winner* 
or just allocate preferentials.  I believe such a vote should be held without 
knowing who the 2nd placed candidate is (ie delay the detailed results 


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