Group proposal: FEMA, the Fedora Election Management and Administration

Larry Cafiero larry.cafiero at
Wed Nov 17 20:37:05 UTC 2010

On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM, Kevin Fenzi <kevin at> wrote:

> I'll just drop my 2cents here at the (current) end of thread:
> - I think it might be a bad idea to make up a body to oversee elections
>  from groups that are having the elections where there could well be
>  overlap at times. (ie, fesco member appointed to FEMA one cycle, then
>  is running for re-election the next). It might be better to get folks
>  who are NOT running for any elected position, or perhaps people who
>  had served in the past on fesco/board/famsco, but aren't currently.

The reason a member from each FESCo, FAmSCo and Board was included was
because each of those groups, as I understand it, has different election
rules and each representative would be responsible to inform FEMA of
whatever changes in these rules came about; also the member from each group
would serve as a liaison to each.

>  Perhaps the Board could appoint an "election czar" who does this.
>  Perhaps appointing them right after the elections finish for the next
>  ones.

I think we currently have what is called an "Election Wrangler," which I
assume to be the Project Leader (though if I'm wrong, I'm certainly glad to
be corrected). As inode0 has mentioned in an earlier e-mail, elections have
worked in the past this way.

I have no qualms with having an "election czar" overseeing things, providing

-- This person can provide support for the elections, from start to finish;

-- This person has the authority of enforcement to stick with rules and
deadlines and not allow for them to be broken, with "enforcement" meaning
taking action against those who break rules.

Frankly, I don't see how an "election czar" can work without some sort of
structure -- committee or whatever you want to call it -- to achieve his/her

> - Again I wish for a ical feed of "whats happening in fedora", so
>  everyone could see deadlines and dates come up. I'm not sure that
>  would have fixed issues this cycle, but it might have helped.


> Anyhow, good ideas, hopefully we can setup something to improve things
> before next cycle.


Larry Cafiero
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