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(apologies in advance for the cross-post:  we need this to reach the
whole Zope community).

The Zope Foundation board is pleased to announce the regular 2010
general meeting of the foundation will be held on Wednesday, 24 February
2010, at 17:00 UTC.  The meeting will be conducted via IRC at the
following channel:

irc://irc.freenode.net/#zope-foundation

Prior to that meeting, the current board will conduct an elections in
which foundation members will select seven (7) board members in
accordance with the foundation bylaws[1].


Summary
- -------

- - Nominations open via the foundat...@zope.org mailing list until
  Friday, 2010-01-29.

- - Voting via e-mail to a closed mailing list, from Wednesday,
  2010-02-03 through Friday, 2010-02-19.

- - Votes tallied by representatives of the current board,
  using "Meek and Warrent STV" method using OpenSTV software.

- - General meeting and seating of the new board, Wednesday, 2010-02-24.


Procedure for Elections
- -----------------------

The procedure for the elections is as follows:

- - Foundation members may nominate any member by responding to the
  board's announcment on the foundat...@zope.org maling list.
  Nominations will remain open until Friday, 2010-01-29, 23:00 UTC.

- - At the close of the nominations period, the board will create a new
  mailman list, 'zf-elections-2010', and approve all ZF members to post
  to the list..  In order to preserve anonymity of votes, foundation
  members will not be subscribers to the list;  access to the list
  archives will be restricted to the "tellers" appointed by the board.

- - On Wednesday, 2010-02-03, the Secretary will send an e-mail announcing
  the opening of the voting period. This email will contain the ballot,
  with careful instructions about how to rank preferences in the reply.
  The Reply-to header of this e-mail will be set to the
  'zf-elections-2010' list.

- - ZF members will vote by replying to that e-mail.  Voting will remain
  open until Friday, 2010-02-19, 23:00 UTC.

- - At the close of voting, the board will appoint two of its members as
  "tellers."  The tellers will use the list archive to tabulate the
  members' votes, using the OpenSTV application[2] configured to use the
  Meek and Warren STV method[3].  The tellers will report the election
  results, along with the raw tallies, at a special board meeting to be
  held on Tuesday, 2009-02-23, 15:00 UTC.

- - After canvassing the results from the tellers, the board will notify
  all nominees of the success / failure of their candidacy, thanking
  them for their willingness to serve.

- - At the general meeting, the last item on the agenda will the
  announcement of the election results, including a vote to "seat" the
  board.


An online version of this announcement is available at:

  http://foundation.zope.org/news/2010_election_and_general_meeting/


References
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[1] http://foundation.zope.org/bylaws/zope_foundation_bylaws.pdf

[2] http://stv.sourceforge.net/aboutopenstv

[3] http://stv.sourceforge.net/votingmethods/meek




Tres.
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Tres Seaver          +1 540-429-0999          tsea...@palladion.com
Palladion Software   "Excellence by Design"    http://palladion.com

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