Fellowship elections participation

Franz Seidl fseidl at f9s.eu
Thu Apr 27 10:25:39 UTC 2017

Hi Eric,

in my opinion a downturn in voter participation is to be expected when
the decision gets more complicated and time consuming. ("Oh, looks like
this will take longer than expected. I don't have time for this now, I
will do it in the evening..." - what could possibly go wrong?)

Btw, do the absolute numbers point in the same direction?


Am 25.04.2017 um 13:00 schrieb Erik Albers:
> Hi list,
> the Fellowship elections 2017 are over and the winner is Daniel Pocock.
> 	https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20170425-01
> I like to thank all candidates for bringing life into this years election and
> every voter for rewarding our candidates' activities by participating in the
> elections.
> Unfortunately, we only had a participation of around 17 % which seems to be
> the lowest participation since we record participation (2014). Many of the
> list subscribers here have had the possibility to vote, so I like to ask for
> explanations and possibilities how we can raise participation?
> The low amount of participation leaves me in particular wondering as this year
> we had 7 candidates, each of them with a short representation in out wiki [1],
> public hustings [2] and a reminder three days before the end of elections.
> However, former elections with only one (!) candidate and without reminders
> and no public hustings (2016 and 2014) have had more participation ...
> Why is this? Please help us to understand what FSFE can do to make the
> electiosn more appealing or raise participation?
> Or help us to understand what was the reason that this year there was such a
> low amount of participation?
> Thank you very much,
>    Erik
> [1] https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/Election/FellowshipElection_2017
> [2] https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/Election/FellowshipElection_2017#Hustings

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