|Convention-Style voting procedure
by Andrew McLaughlin, firstname.lastname@example.org, September 23, 1999
A rough outline of the rules that would govern a convention-style voting procedure.
The first seat to be filled will be the 3-year seat; then the 2-year seat; then the 1-year seat.
In order to reduce the number of rounds of voting, the NC might eliminate the *two* lowest vote-getting nominees after each round (until such time as three nominees remain, at which point the *one* lowest vote-getting nominee is eliminated).
To conduct a convention-style election by phone:
Under this scenario, the NC members will be aware of each others' votes. The call could, but need not, be webcast.
One option would be to conduct the votes for the three Director seats on three different days, to break a single, long teleconference into smaller sessions and to allow the NC members to discuss, reflect and consult between the teleconferences. The teleconferences could be scheduled on three consecutive days, or on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday sequence.
To conduct a convention-style election by email:
The disadvantage of this method is that it will be time-consuming and at least some NC members will likely miss the deadline for at least some rounds of voting. At least 24 hours will be required for each round, unless the NC members agree in advance to check their email (for example) every 8 hours over the course of a 3-day period.
BY TELEPHONE AND EMAIL
To conduct a convention-style election by telephone and email, the NC uses the rules for a telephone election (above), but NC members send their votes to the DNSO secretariat in real time by email. This allows for secret voting, but may actually lengthen the teleconference due to (i) the unreliability of email transmission, and (ii) the time required for the secretariat to read the emails and tally the votes.
BY ONLINE VOTING INTERFACE
Don mentioned the possibility of a specially designed online voting interface. Perhaps he could post some details.