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Democracy in Action: Electing a Debian Leader

Mar 03, 2009, 19:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"According to the Project's constitution, the new Leader's term begins this year on April 17, and elections need to start six weeks before that. Typically there is a nomination phase (currently going on until March 7), and then a campaign phase, and finally the voting.

"This year, the campaign phase will be held from March 8 - 28, highlighted by an online IRC debate between the candidates during the last week of the campaign. By the beginning of the campaign period, all nominees will submit their platforms, which contain an introduction of the candidate and the candidate's major goal. A week into the campaign, candidates will be allowed to attach any rebuttals they might want to add to their platform.

"The actual voting will be conducted from March 29 - April 11, but voting for the Project Leader is not a straightforward method of one ballot per candidate. Instead, voters in the election will vote their preferences from the overall list of candidates in a method known as Cloneproof Schwartz Sequential Dropping."

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