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Fwd: [rpd] Discussion about e-voting

Owen DeLong owen at
Mon May 12 21:48:42 UTC 2014

>> 2. Going forward IMHO I think we should discouraged multiple voting by
>> an individual for different members since the probability of voting
>> differently is low and this only goes to increase votes across one
>> side only. A "polished form" of election rigging. I know some will
>> argue one can still like gin with different credentials and vote one
>> sided but then :)
>> Could someone from the community enlighten me on this please.

To echo what Mark said in slightly less confrontational language…

One member, one vote. Each member should be able to choose who casts the vote on behalf of that member. I see nothing wrong with members who wish to have the same person represent their interests doing so. It is not election rigging if 25 different member organizations all select the same person to cast votes on their behalf. Presumably each member organization is capable of choosing a voting representative who will vote in a manner consistent with their desires and interests. Likely if they were each forced to choose a different person in order to avoid being disenfranchised as you propose, you would simply see a larger group of voters who are potentially less informed and less motivated. I do not think that would be beneficial to AfriNIC, to the community, nor to the members.

It seems to me that this is not in any way equivalent to stuffing the ballot box or rigging the election. If those organizations all pick the same person to represent them, either they trust that person to share their ideals/needs/wants or they trust that person to vote as they instruct on their behalf. In either case, that person is legitimately exercising the vote designated by the member organization on behalf of each member organization.


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