Elections

Elections will normally be held every year, around the beginning of February. The board will announce the exact dates for each year by email to the pgeu-general mailinglist.

Timeline

The general timeline for elections is as follows:

  • T-3 weeks: Nominations open
  • T-1 week: Nominations close
  • T: Presentation of candidates published, voting opens
  • T+2 weeks: Voting closes, results announced

Nominations

In order to be elected, a candidate must be nominated during the nomination period. Any member can nominate any number of other members, including him or herself. This nomination must be seconded by one other member. The nominee must also accept this nomination before the nomination period has expired.

Each nominee must also provide a short presentation of him/herself, including any information he/she considers relevant for voters to know. This must be provided to the election officials before the end of the nomination period.

These presentations will be collected by the election officials and published to the mailinglist when the voting begins. Specifically, the nominees are not allowed to publish it themselves to the mailinglist or on a personal website, blog or similar. Failure to comply with this will lead to disqualification from the elections.

Who can vote

All members of PostgreSQL Europe can vote, provided they have been a confirmed member for at least four weeks before the start of the elections.

Voting

  • Voting will take place using a web application deployed on www.postgresql.eu
  • Each voter will vote for all candidates, ranking them in order of preference. The score of the votes is linear with 1 representing the last choice, each step increasing the score by 1.
  • Each candidate gets a score based on the sum of all votes for the candidate.
  • The winner(s) of the election will be the top entry/entries, depending on how many positions are up for election.
  • In the event of a tie, the tied candidates will be asked if one will accept stepping down. If none agrees to this, a re-election will be held including only these candidates. This re-election will commence as soon as possible and run for a period of one week.

Vote secrecy

  • A central record will be kept of all votes, including who voted for who.
  • The non-aggregate information will only be made available to the election officers, and only in the event of suspicion of incorrect voting or counting.
  • Specifically, this information will never be made public.
  • The non-aggregate information is not encrypted on the server, and may as such be seen by a member of the postgresql.org sysadmin team during the course of their normal duties.

Election results

  • Election results will be published as soon as possible, at the latest 7 days after the close of the voting.
  • Aggregate vote counts will be published for all candidates.

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