The goal of Gentoo Elections project is to gather all the people participating
in the organization of elections in Gentoo together as well as providing the
project with procedures, documentation and scripts to run those elections.
All developers can be reached by e-mail using firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ease the process of finding officials to run each election, we decided to
create a list of people volunteering to serve as officials in the upcoming
elections as well as their credentials and basic information about them.
Officials for each election may (but don't necessarily have to) be chosen from
among those people.
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Gentoo Foundation Board of Trustees Elections
Election rules, based on Gentoo Foundation
- Gentoo Board of Trustees is composed of five elected members
- Elections happen every year starting in February
There should be at least three election officials plus at least one person
assigned from Gentoo Infrastructure project to handle their side of the
election. Officials are allowed to vote in the election but they aren't
allowed to run in it. They are selected by the current Board of Trustees.
There's one month for nominations and one month for voting. In special cases
current Board of Trustees may decide to shorten that period. Anyone can
All Gentoo Foundation members may vote but only members of age above 18 are
allowed to run (legal requirement). To run in the election, a person has to
be nominated on the gentoo-nfp mailing list and personally accept
that nomination on the same list.
Members who are active Gentoo developers vote using votify script on
Members who aren't active Gentoo developers should mail their GPG-signed
ballot files to election officials who will verify authenticity of those and
pass them to infra so they are taken into account while counting votes.
After voting period is over, all election officials verify results provided
by Infrastructure project member assigned to the election and then post them
to the gentoo-nfp mailing list.
Gentoo Council Elections
Election rules (based on GLEP 39):
- Council elections generally happen once a year
- The council is composed of seven elected members
- Nominations are allowed from July 1st 0000 UTC to July 31st 2359 UTC
- Only Gentoo developers may be nominated
- Anyone can nominate (nominating yourself is OK)
- Nominees must accept their nomination before voting begins
- Voting is opened from August 1st 0000 UTC to August 31st 2359 UTC
- Only Gentoo developers may vote
- Condorcet method of voting is used
There should be at least three officials for this election plus one Gentoo
Infrastructure project member assigned to it to handle their side of the
process. Officials are allowed to vote in the election but aren't allowed to run
in it. Nominating and accepting nominations should happen on the
gentoo-project mailing list.
Condorcet method of voting
For both Foundation and Council elections, Condorcet method of
voting is used to count votes.
To cast votes we use program names votify which is by default installed
Instruction on how to use votify to cast a vote:
- If you're eligible to vote in that election, log in to dev.gentoo.org
- Type votify --new election-name to create a new ballot file
Edit .ballot-election-name file in your home directory and rank
Once you're finished, use votify --verify election-name command to
verify validity of your ballot file
If everything is okay, use votify --submit election your vote.
If you run into problems, you can either work them out yourself using
votify --help or contact election officials and ask them for help
Verification and publication of results
Verification and publication of results (ID sending, master ballot verification
by officials, so on). Also all scripts should be posted and explained here.
Links to Foundation archives.
Links to Council archives.