Movement Strategy and Governance/Election Volunteers/About

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Elections are a way for members of the Wikimedia community to shape the Wikimedia movement. This is either through running as a candidate or voting in the elections. For every election, the Movement Strategy and Governance team wants to reach a wider audience, include more communities, encourage more potential candidates to run and more eligible voters to vote.

Since 2021, election volunteers helped make a step forward to that goal.

Elections Volunteers[edit]

Election Volunteers serve as a bridge between the Elections Committee, the facilitation team and the movement. They are enablers of a successful election. They contribute to a better organized movement.

All you need is basic communications skills and a fair knowledge of your community. You don’t need to have experience in elections. Election Volunteers can help promote the election in their community. Volunteers from all Wiki Projects are welcome! The aim is to have at least one Election Volunteer for every Wiki Projects with eligible voters. Help form a more diverse and better performing leaders by getting your community involved in the elections!

Commitments of Elections Volunteers[edit]

  • Election Volunteers commit to abide to the Universal Code of Conduct
  • Election Volunteers commit not to run as candidate in the election they are serving for
  • Election Volunteers commit to stay neutral on candidates

Roles of Elections Volunteers[edit]

This role is what you make of it. This might include:

  • Providing context and background information about the election process and others MSG projects.
  • Translating and posting messages in your community’s channels.
  • Encouraging discussions about elections.
  • Organizing conversations during community meetups.
  • Sharing information with the MSG team about what worked for your community or if you need something more.

Become an Elections Volunteer[edit]

If you would like to support this, please click the button below or get in contact with your local facilitator.

Click here to add your name to become Election Volunteer