Re: [802SEC] +++ LMSC P&P Revision Ballot +++ EC Voting Rules
At 05:48 07/02/2005, you wrote:
been really tied up at work the last couple of weeks, so I have not
completed a summary of the comments / voting on this ballot. I will
do so by tonight. But I want to remind everyone that this ballot
does end Tuesday 2/9/05 at 11:59 PM EST. If you have not voted,
1) 7.1.7 "The LMSC Chair may suspend voting rights of an EC member
This is not acceptable. I would be slightly (but not much) less concerned
if it was just those EC members that he appointed whose voting rights
he/she could suspend, but definitely not in the case of EC members that
represent a constituency.
The appropriate course of action to deal with any such situation would
seem to be a vote of the EC, not unilateral action by the Chair.
Similarly, the "recommendation" alluded to in 126.96.36.199 would
need to be the result of an EC vote.
2) 188.8.131.52.1 "Maximum advance notice is encouraged for all ballots
on urgent matters."
This is an interesting piece of nonsense. If the matter is urgent, then
presumably there is no additional notice that could have been given. If
there is "maximum" time available (maximum being the interval
between EC meetings), then clearly the matter is not urgent. Strike the
sentence or replace it with something that makes sense.
Actually the preceding sentence:
"The minimum duration of an electronic ballot shall be 10 days
unless the matter is urgent and requires resolution in less
isn't much better; in other words, "The duration is 10 days except
when its shorter" which says nothing at all, least of all who makes
the decision on what the duration might be. Again, strike or replace with
something more sensible, like (for example): "The Chair or Vice
Chair determines the period of the ballot; this will normally be 10 days,
but may be less under exceptional circumstances, such as the need to
resolve an urgent matter."
We probably also need to encode the rule that we have already applied a
number of times, namely, that if all voters have responded the ballot can
close early. How about adding:
"Where the matter to be resolved is urgent, the Chair or Vice Chair
may determine that the ballot has closed once all voting members of the
EC have cast their vote. This option can only be used if it was so
stated at the start of the ballot."
The final sentence is clearly necessary, as in a normal ballot with a
fixed closing date, voters have the option of changing their vote at any
point up to the stated closing date.
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