WMF Elections are coming up - You may be eligible to vote

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WMF Elections are coming up - You may be eligible to vote

James Alexander-4
TLDR: You are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015> if
you have at least one merged commit to WMF utilized git repos in the past 6
months, you can verify if your account is automatically on the voter list
because of edits on this tool
<https://tools.wmflabs.org/meta/accounteligibility/> and if it isn't (and
you think you might vote) you can email me, privately, to ensure you're on
before or during the election. Also, apologies to WMF Staff who already
received a different version of this email.

Hello Wikitech-l,

As many of you have probably already realized while browsing the Wikimedia
projects the 2015 WMF Election
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015> process
is underway to elect the Funds Dissemination Committee
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee> and
the WMF Board of Trustees
<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees>. There are multiple
ways
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015#Information_for_voters>
to
become eligible to vote in the elections with the majority of these
eligible voters being enfranchised by virtue of their edits (53,712).
However, you are also eligible if you are either a Wikimedia server
administrator with shell access or have made at least one merged commit on
WMF utilized git repos between 15 October 2014 and 15 April 2015. These are
two separate elections but they use the same voter list and so if you plan
to vote in either election this email is for you.

*The Elections*

The first election, starting on Sunday (UTC, so 5pm Pacific on Saturday)
and running for 8 days is the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) election.
 The purpose of the FDC is to make allocations to FDC-eligible Wikimedia
entities, based on an assessment of the extent to which requested funding
will enable those entities to have an impact on realizing the mission goals
of the Wikimedia movement. There are 5 members of the committee (The
majority of a 9 person committee) up for election at this point and
you can read
the candidates statements on meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2015/Candidates>
(there
are currently 6 candidates but others may apply before the deadline in
about 15 hours). There is also 1 spot up for election for the FDC
Ombudsperson
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015>
who
assists the board investigating complaints about the process. Unfortunately
there are no candidates
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015/Candidates>
for
that position at the moment and so that particular election may be called
off.

The 2nd election, starting on May 17th and running for 15 days is the
election for 3 members of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. The
Board's role (and legal obligation) is to oversee the management of the
organization and ensure that it fulfills this role. In the end they are
ultimately responsible for its success. You can read the candidate
statements on meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015/Candidates>
to
learn more about the 7 people currently running and remember that users
have about a week left to decide to run and I anticipate that quite a few
more will ( for example I know of at least a handful who have accepted
private nominations submitted to the election committee but not yet posted
their official candidacy). Historically there is always a bit of a rush in
the last couple days to submit statements.

*What can you do?*

   1. *You can ask questions*
      - You can ask questions for the FDC candidates to answer on meta
      <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2015/Questions>
both
      now and throughout the election process.
      - You can ask questions for the Board candidates to answer on meta
      <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_elections/2015/Questions>
both
      now and throughout the election process including a week and a half
      specifically dedicated for questions and discussion that starts next
      Tuesday.
   2. *You can vote, and make sure you're on the voter list.*
      - We will be doing what we can to ensure that eligible developers are
      already on the voter list when the election time comes however those
      methods are in no way foolproof.
      - You can verify if your account is automatically on the voter list
      (because of your edit count) by typing your username into this tool
      <https://tools.wmflabs.org/meta/accounteligibility/>.
      - If you are not automatically eligible and think you are likely to
      vote in one or both of the elections you can email me
(privately) so that I
      can double check that you're on the eligible voter list.

Other then that the elections will start, with banners and emails to notify
eligible voters, on Sunday (for the FDC) and on May 17th (for the Board).
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to send me an email!
If there are any other lists which would reach eligible developers please
feel free to either forward or let me know so that I can reach out.

[and for the benefit of those wondering: No, if you're eligible to vote for
multiple reasons such as your employment and your edits you can still only
vote once. The same thing applies if you are eligible on multiple accounts
such as a volunteer account and a work account. :) ]

James Alexander
Community Advocacy
Wikimedia Foundation
(415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur
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