Topic: February 2011 Referendum Results

The results came in last night, and here they are!

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Though everything passed, I was surprised that the notion of Deputies for Coordinators was such an item of debate! Not that it's a bad thing, I'm surprised because we discuss these things in the forums so that everyone can voice their own opinion prior to the vote. I feel that for every vote of "Disagree" we're seeing more and more people who prefer to voice their opinion via a vote rather than in the forum.

Not every person has to voice their opinion in the forum, but the more voices we hear in the forum, I feel, the more solidity we have in our legislature and thus in our government.



Also keep in mind that if you feel we should change something, you are always free to voice your opinion! If you disagreed with something that was made legislature (i.e. one of the items above), then you can raise that point and we can discuss how to rework it so that it is more agreeable to everyone!

If you don't want to voice your opinion publicly, you can always send me a message or an e-mail voicing your opinion and I can make a post in the forum stating that "an anonymous party wishes to bring an item up for debate". If you have any points to make you may do so either when contacting me or in the area reserved for that discussion.



And a quick reminder, the Elections are coming up soon - be ready!

Robert Longtin
Elections and Voting Coordinator

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Re: February 2011 Referendum Results

I agree with you, Robert. When people vote, you can only see if they agree to something or not, but not what their motivations are. When these things are discussed and you disagree with something, feel free to say so. This is still a democraticly run website and it could very well be that you've thought of a disadvantage coming with a certain issue that others haven't thought of yet.



-Mischa

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Re: February 2011 Referendum Results

Looking at the results, the only item that seemed to have anything more than a couple votes against was the idea of having to name a deputy before the election. I know had that not passed and a race was contended which I won, I'd be offering the second place candidate the deputy position.

-Euan

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Mmhmm, it's obviously something that will need to be discussed further, no doubt about that.

~Robert

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I personally would have much rather seen it say "the deputy must be named within a week of the results being posted" or "... within a week of the Coordinator taking office."

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Agreed with Jason. It still requires an early announcement, but means we don't need 4 willing people to run a race, just two.

-Euan

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Mmhmm. Well with as much discussion as is needed, I think it's best we call a re-vote on those two items, and with the pressure of the elections coming up very soon I think it's best that we also not pass those two items into legislature for the better of the government.

I think it also deserves pointing out that the item: "Every Coordinator is required to select a deputy prior to the voting period of an election" didn't even acquire 50% of the votes in any direction. Because of this, and because those that disagreed were such a close second to those that agreed, one can draw the conclusion that if those that abstained heard your opinions voiced here, those that disagreed may have won out.

I will not recommend the above decision making in this course of action as future policy.



In regards to these items:

"Every Coordinator is required to select a deputy prior to the voting period of an election."
"Coordinators are required to announce their deputies during the campaigning period, prior to the voting period of any Election in which they are running for office."

Given that there isn't a chance to re-run this vote before the elections, given that these two items  and given the number of people and the degree to which these two items are opposed, I feel it best to re-vote on these items after the election when better and more agreeable terms can be drawn up.

So for this election consider these items null and void.

Robert Longtin
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I personally have no objection to selecting a deputy before any election; a re-vote would be a good idea though.

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Mmhmm, I'm not suggesting any person's opinion is wrong, but the proximity to this election with how close the vote was adds a significant level of consideration. After the election we will have a year to make changes and iron out all the creases so I feel it is a safer bet if we stick to what we have been doing so far and then attempt to make more agreeable changes.

~Robert

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