Andrea Veri | 6 May 11:29 2013

Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2013

Dear Foundation Members,

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee are pleased to announce the upcoming elections for the Board of Directors in Spring 2013.

The most important deadlines (UTC) in the timeline are the following:

                          *GNOME Board Elections 2013*
2013-05-06: List of candidates opens.
2013-05-19: Last day to announce candidacies, submit summary statements.
2013-05-22: Final list of candidates.
2013-05-26: Instructions mailed to eligible voters, voting begins.
2013-06-09: Voting closes.
2013-06-11: Preliminary results are announced.
2013-06-18: Last day to challenge preliminary results.


The seven members of our current Board of Directors have been ruling GNOME for 12 months now. We, the GNOME Foundation Members, will have to elect what will be the Board of Directors for the next year.


If you want to run for one of the seven positions on The GNOME Foundation Board of Directors, then send an email to foundation-announce <at> and elections <at> gnome org with your full
name, e-mail, corporate affiliation (if any), and your reasons for wanting to serve as a director.

Candidacies must be announced prior to 2013-05-19, 23:59 UTC.

All discussion related to the elections should be held on foundation-list. Members are invited to ask questions to one or all candidates on that list (see below).

A list of candidates will be announced on 2013-05-22.

At this point, you are invited to ask the candidates questions by sending them to foundation-list. These candidates might become your representative, so do not hesitate to ask them questions.

Please try to avoid asking duplicate questions that others have already asked. Also, bear in mind that the candidates invest a lot of time answering questions, so please be reasonable with the amount and scope of the questions. You can also send your questions to membership-committee <at> instead, so that the committee can collect, sift and sort the questions before sending them to foundation-list for the candidates to respond. Though, if you prefer to ask your questions directly, please do so.


Every GNOME Foundation member whose membership is valid as of 2013-05-22 is eligible to vote in the elections. Please note that Emeritus members won't have voting rights. More details about what Emeritus members can and can't do are available at

If you are not a member yet, please consider applying for membership ASAP. Late applications will most likely not be processed in time.

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee do inform members they need to renew by mailing them once a month both on their personal e-mail and on the foundation-list mailing list. We recommend that members to also double check this to avoid a missed opportunity to vote. Please verify that the email address that is associated with your GNOME Foundation membership is valid and that you are able to read emails sent to this address.

You can verify your membership status by visiting and looking for your name, surname on the list of members. You can also verify your last renewal date by highlighting your name, surname with your mouse and waiting a little second for the date to appear correctly.


The Electorate will receive complete instructions on how to vote by 2013-05-26 via email.

The 7 candidates who receive the most votes as counted by a single transferable vote system (Scottish STV) will be elected, except that no more than two individuals affiliated with any one corporation may be elected.

In the event of a tie for the final slot on the board, the Elections Committee will schedule run-off elections as soon as possible.


More information about The GNOME Foundation Membership Committee and the voting process can be found here:



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