board election results 2014

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Results with annotations and more graphics to follow.

All of the ballot measures passed by a large margin.

  • Fee Waiver vote passed with 190 votes (91.3%) for "I approve of the suggestion to allow such a waiver"
  • Special Resolution 1 passed with 100 votes (94.3%) for "Yes: I wish to delete the mentioned sentence"
  • Special Resolution 2 passed with 101 votes (95.3%) for "Yes: I wish to replace the phrase mentioned"
  • Special Resolution 3 passed with 103 votes (97.2%) for "Yes: I approve of the change to article 31"

Board election result (Short answer)


Winners are Frederik Ramm, Kathleen Danielson, and Paul Normal.

The above is quoted directly from the ballot counting software, and so it includes the candidate typo that the election manager apologized for on 05 November 2014. Candidate Paul Normal is in fact candidate Paul Norman.

What's the STV stuff?

The 2014 election to board was the first OpenStreetMap Foundation election to use Single Transferrable Vote or STV, so you might have some questions about it. Let's go through this together.

The Transferrable portion of STV indicates that voters preferences are moved from their most preferred candidate to their less-preferred candidate when there are excesses of votes to elect a preferred candidate, or when a preferred candidate is eliminated from the election. The calculation is done in rounds, in this case eight rounds, and votes were transferred several times.

STV also sets a threshold number of votes to elect a candidate to a seat, in this case the threshold is 55 votes, and in round one, candidate Frederik Ramm, exceeds 55 votes with 78 total, and is elected. The 23 surplus votes for Frederik are reassigned to other voters in proportion to the votes for second candidate on the ballots that voted for Frederik as first choice.

So in round two on the graph, Frederik's votes are reduced to 55, the threshold. This is the first place we see the votes for a candidate drop but we will see it again in round five. The excess 23 are added in proportion to the other candidates. Those who voted Frederick first voted for Peter Barth second, most often, then Paul Norman, so those two recieved the highest number of proportional votes, 7.9 and 5.6 respectively.

What? Fractional voters? What sort of monsters are you?

STV does not segment voters, but does redistribute votes proportionally when transferring them. So, each other candidates gets a non-integer number of votes from Frederik's transferred votes. Weird, I know. The software also carries more significant digits, but I haven't. Enjoy the increased accuracy in the table below.

The rounds carry on, either electing a candidate and transferring their votes if they reach the threshold, or eliminating the candidate with the fewest votes and transferring their votes, should no candidate reach the threshold in that round.

Once all available seats are filled with elected candidates, the election is complete.

STV tabular results

Round Frederik Ramm Peter Barth Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak Randy Meech Kathleen Danielson Paul Normal Steve Coast Ethan Nelson Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 78.00000 15.00000 14.00000 23.00000 30.00000 20.00000 32.00000 6.00000 0.00000 23.00000 55.00000
Count of first choices. Candidate Frederik Ramm has reached the threshold and is elected. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
2 55.00000 22.96149 16.35896 25.06409 33.83331 25.60253 32.58974 6.29487 0.29501 0.00000 55.00000
Count after transferring surplus votes from Frederik Ramm with a transfer value of 23.00000/78.00000. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 55.00000 24.25636 18.35896 25.06409 35.83331 26.60253 32.58974 0.29501 0.00000 55.00000
Count after eliminating Ethan Nelson and transferring votes. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 55.00000 28.14097 26.06409 40.71792 30.89740 33.58974 3.58988 0.00000 55.00000
Count after eliminating Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak and transferring votes. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
5 55.00000 29.73071 55.60253 35.48714 35.58974 6.58988 0.60253 55.00000
Count after eliminating Randy Meech and transferring votes. Candidate Kathleen Danielson has reached the threshold and is elected. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for the next round.
6 55.00000 29.94160 55.00000 35.66554 35.70316 6.68970 0.00000 55.00000
Count after transferring surplus votes from Kathleen Danielson with a transfer value of 0.60253/55.60253. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
7 55.00000 55.00000 54.36428 40.59860 13.03712 0.00000 55.00000
Count after eliminating Peter Barth and transferring votes. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
8 55.00000 55.00000 76.73370 31.26630 21.73370 55.00000
Count after eliminating Steve Coast and transferring votes. Candidate Paul Normal has reached the threshold and is elected.

Comments

Paul Norman or Normal ?

STV tabular results, theres a slight slip of the touch in the list.

Yes. That typo is in the

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Yes. That typo is in the source material. Also,

The above is quoted directly from the ballot counting software, and so it includes the candidate typo that the election manager apologized for on 05 November 2014. Candidate "Paul Normal" is in fact candidate Paul Norman.

So that same error exists in the table provided from the election materials. Where I have created a new graph from the data, I used Paul's normal name, Norman. See what I did there? :-)

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