Having not received a ballot for this years elections I went into my spam folder to see if it had been caught there. Instead I found a renewal notification for my foundation membership. The policy for members to renew their membership every two years is not a bad one but I was just informed that I can not be renewed until after the elections and as such can not cast any vote in this cycle. That is a bad policy. For someone who is in good standing with the Foundation, having worked on its behalf and even have been a board member myself, I feel I have a right to vote in this election.
The policy to not allow renewal at the ballot box has in effect disenfranchised me. Most bodies of democracy I know allow registering at the ballot box for those who have a record of having been previously registered and can prove they are who they say they are. We aren’t talking about someone voting who has not participated in a vote before and would require excessive vetting before gaining that right.
What really gets me steamed about the situation is that due to being caught in a spam filter the only other way I could know that I was removed from the Foundation’s member list was to realize that I never received a voting ballot in which case I am not even give a chance to re-register before voting cuts it off.
UPDATE: I have been notified by the membership committee that many people failed to re-register and are unable to vote this cycle. If this isn’t a sign of a broken system then people are ignoring the issue. I could see if this was an isolated incident but since there is a small number of people who are eligible to vote I wonder what the ratio is of people who were denied a vote due to this procedural issue. I bet it is statistically significant. How can a vote be legitimate when a significant portion of the community is denied their vote? It is grounds for a challenge during the ratification stage.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]