Wikimedia Foundation elections/Board elections/2007/Reports/Vote striking

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2007 board elections
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Committee reports

Issued: Jul 5, 2007 3:24 PM (+0900)

Hello,

The Election Committee regretfully announces that we will have to remove approximately 220 votes submitted. These votes were cast by people not entitled to vote. The election rules state that users must have at least 400 edits by June 1*1 to be eligible to vote.

The voter lists we sent to Software in the Public Interest (our third party election partner) initially were wrong. There was a bug in the edit counting program and the sent list contained every account with 201 or more edits, instead of 400 or more edits. So large numbers of people were qualified according to the software who shouldn't be. The bug has been fixed and the list of voters has been amended by the SPI.

Our first (and incorrect) list contains 80,458 accounts as qualified. The proper number of qualified accounts in the SPI list is now 52,750. As of the morning of July 4 (UTC), there are 2,773 unique voters and 220 people have voted who are not qualified based upon this identified error.

In accordance with voting regulations the Election Committee will strike the approximate 220 votes due to lack of voting eligibility. The list of struck votes are available at <https://wikimedia.spi-inc.org/index.php/List_of_struck_votes>. The Election Committee is trying to contact those voters separately by email*2.

It is possible that some of those people may have accounts on other projects where they have more than 400 edits, and they may still be eligible to vote. We strongly encourage them to vote again with their other account. For those people who don't have any other accounts eligible to vote, we hope they reach the criteria in the next Election, and will be happy to see them participate in the future Elections.

Your comments, questions or messages to the Committee would be appreciated, and can be made at MetaWikiPedia:Talk:Board elections/2007/en. Again, we would like to deeply apologize for any inconvenience.

For Wikimedia Board Election Steering Committee,
Kizu Naoko (aphaia)

Reference
  • 1 Originally said "March 1". Apparently a typographical error.
  • 2 They were informed on their user talk page on the project they had voted, instead of email. The message sent to them found at this page.


Striking your vote[edit]

Hello [username],

Thank you for your interest in the Wikimedia Board Election. The Election Committee regretfully informs you that your previous vote was received in error and will be struck according to the election rules, described below.

The Election Committee regretfully announces today that we will have to remove approximately 220 votes submitted. These votes were cast by people not entitled to vote. The election rules state that users must have at least 400 edits by March 1 to be eligible to vote.

The voter lists we sent to Software in the Public Interest (our third party election partner) initially were wrong, and one of your account was eventually included to our initial list. There was a bug in the edit counting program and the sent list contained every account with 201 or more edits, instead of 400 or more edits. So large numbers of people were qualified according to the software who shouldn't be. The bug has been fixed and an amended list was sent to SPI already.

Our first (and wrong) list contains 80,458 accounts as qualified. The proper number of qualified voters in the SPI list is now 52,750. As of the morning of July 4 (UTC), there are 2,773 unique voters and 220 people, including you, have voted who are not qualified based upon this identified error.

In accordance with voting regulations the Election Committee will strike those approximately 220 votes due to lack of voting eligibility. The list of struck votes is available at https://wikimedia.spi-inc.org/index.php/List_of_struck_votes.

We are aware of the possibility that some of the people affected may have other accounts with more than 400 edits, and hence may still be eligible to vote. We encourage you to consider voting again from another account, if you have one. If you have no other account eligible to vote, we hope you reach the criteria in the next Election, and expect to see your participation to the future Elections.

Your comments, questions or messages to the Committee would be appreciated, you can make them at MetaWikiPedia:Talk:Board elections/2007/en. Other language versions are available at MetaWikiPedia:Translation requests/Eleccom mail, 07-05.

Again, we would like to deeply apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,
Kizu Naoko
Philippe
Jon Harald Søby
Newyorkbrad
Tim Starling


For Wikimedia Board Election Steering Committee