Dear Registrars: I have been directed to initiate the 14 day discussion
on this issue:
Explanation: A number of registrars had expressed a wish for anonymous
voting in order to protect Constituency members and potentially foster greater
voter participation. The current voting process posts each Constituency
member's vote as soon as such member votes. Please note that only
members (who have passwords to the boardrooms site) may view voting results.
At the Montreal meeting, we discussed several options for changing this
including a change to post only the collective results rather than
On the list there was a question about whether or not abstentions may be
under one of the first 3 proposals. We will determine that fact prior to
Consequently, there is a motion for moving to one of the following processes:
1. Post only the collective voting results, not individual results,
at the conclusion of the voting period.
2. Post only the collective voting results, not individual results,
the entire voting period.
3. Post individual voting results, but only at the conclusion of the
4. Continue to post individual voting results, during the entire voting
Pursuant to the Constituency Rules of Procedure, this motion needs to have 5
endorsements, and will be put to a vote under the current voting procedures
after a 14-day discussion period. Friendly amendments will be accepted and
such changes made to the ballot. Unfriendly amendments will receive a
In addition to making this change, there was discussion at the Montreal
meeting about whether or not the Executive Committee should continue to
manage the voting process. Apparently, the only way that it is possible to
conduct votes through the boardrooms.org site is for the manager of the
process (Ex.Com.) to have access to individual votes. While we do not intend
to use such access, the Constituency may wish to delegate this task to a third
party that is not a member of the Constituency. However, as that would entail
delegation of all boardrooms.org management functions, including
membership rolls, passwords, etc., it may be a broader change than
anticipated, require hiring of a secretary, and/or switching to an alternative
online service. We plan to investigate the options and bring them to the
Constituency for consideration in short order. In the meantime, however, with
important votes coming up for the Constituency, we did not want to hold up
the consideration of a change in vote posting.
Please discuss only this issue with the present Subject thread.