Nominations for user representatives are now closed. The election poll will be posted in this community at 9:00 a.m. PDT on Monday June 22, 2009 and will close at 4:30 p.m. PDT on Friday June 26, 2009.
It's hard to run for office without campaigning, and naturally we expect nominees will want to campaign for this election. Go for it. We do ask, however, that candidates and their supporters stay within the LiveJournal Terms of Service (i.e. no spamming, no encouraging others to spam other journals on your behalf, and such activities). Candidates who wish to serve as an Advisory Board representative are asked to maintain behavior befitting the position.
We will post the election poll starting at 9:00 a.m. PDT and MSD on June 22, 2009, and closing at 4:30 p.m. PDT and MSD, June 26, 2009. We will announce the opening of the polls in news and post the election polls in lj_election_en and lj_election_ru. Users will be able to select their first, second, and third choice.
Voting in the poll Cyrillic-language users may only vote in the lj_election_ru poll, and all other users may only vote in the lj_election_en poll. Additional restrictions include:
Only accounts created before March 31, 2009, are eligible to vote in this year’s poll.
Only one account per email address may vote.
Tallying the results After the polls close on June 26, 2009, we will determine the winner of the elections in the following way:
If a user receives 51% of the first-choice vote, that candidate will be declared the winner.
If no user receives 51% of the first-choice vote, we will begin an Instant Runoff process. The user with the lowest tally for first-choice vote will be eliminated, and the second-choice candidate on those ballots will be substituted as first choice. This process will continue (drop the lowest candidate, reassign to next vote, tally again) until any user has 51% of the vote.
If all ballots are exhausted and no candidate has 51% of the vote, we will return to the first round and award the election to the candidate with the most first-choice votes.
New Advisory Board Members
We'll post the results and announce the winner on Monday, June 29, 2009, after the results have been examined for accuracy and veracity, and (if needed) run through the Instant Runoff tallying program. The new user representatives to the LJ Advisory Board will be seated and begin their terms on July 1, 2009.