Fedora Voter Turnout

As I am sure all have seen by now the Fedora Board elections are over and the elected seats have been announced. Congratulations to Tom Callaway, Jesse Keating, Seth Vidal and Jef Spaleta on being elected! I know from following various IRC channels and mailing lists that they will do an excellent job on helping guide Fedora forward.

One of the disappointing things was voter turnout for this election. Of the 4069 people that have signed the CLA, 250 of them voted (information courtesy of Nigel Jone’s blog post). Why is that number so low? Fedora elections, especially board elections, are a great way to help get your say in how the future for Fedora should look.

There is some pretty active discussion happening on the fedora-advisory-board list about voting turn out and why some did vote and why others did not vote. That’s sort of like the choir talking amongst themselves since those of us belonging to the fedora-advisory-board list are probably interested in Fedora politics at that level.

Let’s open this up to a slightly wider forum – the Planet! Yes, the planet is still not the perfect medium as probably the more active Fedora contributors or Fedora interested folks are watching the Planet – but it is a place to start soliciting some additional feedback.

So… if you didn’t vote in the recent Fedora Board elections, why not? Did you forget they were happening? Didn’t like the candidate choice? Or were you satisfied with candidate choice and though any of them would do a fine job? Did you not like the voting method employed this time for the elections? Was there some other reason you didn’t vote? What could be done better to encourage higher voter participation?

Feel free to add to the thread on the fedora-advisory-board list. Or if you don’t want to subscribe to the mailing list to post – feel free to add comments to this blog post and I will collect the comments and forward them on the fedora-advisory-board list.

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3 Responses to Fedora Voter Turnout

  1. Jeremy Katz says:

    I suspect that a large number of the 3800 or so people who didn’t vote aren’t planet readers. If they did, they would have seen the numerous posts about the election, nominees pimping themselves and general “I voted” bits.

    So I think the question is how to get at that audience that isn’t there.

  2. Nicu says:

    I didn’t vote. Why? Because I don’t have a preference. I believe *any* of the candidates would do a good job and I didn’t have any argument why one would do a better job than another.
    And I am not close enough to any of them to vote a candidate only due to friendship :p

  3. @Jeremy
    Yes, I agree that a Planet post is going to miss the broad target of non-voters. I hoped it might catch a few of the folks who were not fab mailing list members. At least planet followers are apt to be more likely to comment on why they did not vote.

    @Nicu
    Thanks for the comment! Your reason echoes some of what was seen on the fab mailing list – that any of the candidates would do a good job with no real preference towards any one of them.

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