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Discussion: LEGOE - Length of Election Season

Posted Jan. 24, 2021, 3:42 p.m. by Admiral Joe P (Librarian / TECH Chairman / VCmdt) (Joe P)

Posted by Vice Admiral Sarah Hemenway (President) in Discussion: LEGOE - Length of Election Season

Posted by Vice Admiral Sarah Hemenway (President) in Discussion: LEGOE - Length of Election Season
The current version of LEGOE states:

A. TIMETABLE

  • The Election Season is to commence no later than the start of the President’s eighth month in office.
  • The President must name an Election Coordinator and EmergencyAssistant Election Coordinator via Edict at least two weeks prior to the start of the Election Season.
  • Once an Election Coordinator and EmergencyAssistant Election Coordinator are named, TECHthe Internet Department will open the Election Area.
  • The Election Coordinator must announce, in Command and in the Election Area, an Election Timetable at least one week prior to the commencement of the Election Season, as well as any additional rules governing the Election. The Timetable will set out the timing of the different stages of the Election Season, and is to be one month in total.
  • Both the Timetable and a link to any Election rules must remain posted on the Election Area MOTD. The Election Area will be deactivated no less than seven and no more than 14 days after the Election Season has concluded.

It has been proposed to eliminate the words “is to be one month in total” from the second to last bullet point to account for elections where there will be no primary. Instead of drawing out the final round of voting, this would allow the EC to exercise discretion to simply declare the winner following the standard one week of voting.

Sarah
President

I forgot to add that the discussion period for this will end at the end of the day (EST) on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Thank you,
Sarah

Is this actually necessary? Nobody has ever “drawn out the final round of voting” that I can remember by making it longer than one week, regardless of which week it takes place.

Further, I think it is bad for election season to be shorter than a month. Election Season is the only time we have to assess candidate’s suitability, including time-dependent things whether or not they’ll be minimally present and if they have basic organizational skills. An election that ends early doesn’t give us this opportunity. It also causes additional regime uncertainty, since we don’t get to hear what vision (if any) the candidate has for the next 8 months of the club.

Joe


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