[Linux-aus] Why Didn't You Vote?

daniel sobey dns_server at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 14 16:12:40 EST 2009

I second this statement.
I would have voted if the polls had been open till atleast midnight or 1am the day of the elections. If you want more people to vote spend 5 minutes at the end of the conference to remind us that the elections are going on.
It might be a good idea to get all the nominees to stand up so we can atleast put a face to an email address. 

--- On Sat, 14/2/09, Russell Stuart <russell-linuxaus at stuart.id.au> wrote:

From: Russell Stuart <russell-linuxaus at stuart.id.au>
Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] Why Didn't You Vote?
To: linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
Received: Saturday, 14 February, 2009, 2:05 PM

On Tue, 2009-01-27 at 15:21 +1100, James Purser wrote:
> If you didn't vote, I would like to hear why, no blame
> attached, just would be interesting to see the reasons.

Because I was slack.  However, with some minor adjustments to the system
would I probably have voted.

I always intended to vote, but forgot until Sridhar's "You are all
Slack" talk at LCA.  At that point I though "Golly, I *am* slack", and
immediately tried to vote.  The wireless network in the room, which had
been working up until that point, promptly collapsed.  Not fazed, I
though "I will go up till my college room and vote from there".  Alas,
by the time I had walked up the hill to my college room voting had

My guess is the collapse of the wireless network means I was not the
only slack one who decided to do something at that point.  And my guess
is, like me, most of slacko's failed to vote.

Here is a thought: if voting had been open till say 30 minutes before
the AGM, most of us slacko's would of succeeded in voting.  And given
that voting is tallied electronically, and given I happened to be
sitting beside Stewart as he pulled the results minutes prior to the AGM
starting (or was that minutes after the AGM was due to start?) there
seems to be no reason voting could not be closed much later than it was.

As for "only 66 voted", it is worth noting LA doesn't actually have a
clue as to how many active members it has.  Right now, if you become a
member of LA, you are a member for life - you email address is never
purged from the membership rolls.  If you forget you are a member and
enrol with a different email address, you become a member twice.  If you
want to vote early and vote often, just join LA many times with unique
email addresses.

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