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First CFV for Constitutional amendment: reduce the length of DPL election proces

The following ballot is for voting on a Constitutional amendment:
reduce the length of DPL election process.
Voting period starts 00:00:01 UTC on Sunday, 23rd Sep 2007
Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC on Saturday, 06th Oct 2007

The following ballot is for voting on a Constitutional amendment:
reduce the length of DPL election process. The vote is being
conducted in accordance with the policy delineated in Section A,
Standard Resolution Procedure, of the Debian Constitution.

The details of the general resolution can be found at:

You may see the constitution at
For voting questions contact


First, read the full text of the GR. The proposal is to change section
5.2 of the constitution concerning appointment of the Project Leader
to reduce the nomination period to a week, and the voting period to
two weeks.>
In wdiff format:
5.2. Appointment

1. The Project Leader is elected by the Developers.
2. The election begins [-nine-] {+six+} weeks before the leadership
post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.
3. For the [-following three weeks-] {+first week+} any Developer
may nominate themselves as a candidate Project [-Leader.-]
{+Leader, and summarise their plans for their term.+}
4. For three weeks after that no more candidates may be nominated;
candidates should use this time for campaigning [-(to make their
identities-] and [-positions known).-] {+discussion.+} If there
are no candidates at the end of the nomination period then the
nomination period is extended for [-three further weeks,-] {+an
additional week,+} repeatedly if necessary.
5. The next [-three-] {+two+} weeks are the polling period during
which Developers may cast their votes. Votes in leadership
elections are kept secret, even after the election is finished.
6. The options on the ballot will be those candidates who have
nominated themselves and have not yet withdrawn, plus None Of The
Above. If None Of The Above wins the election then the election
procedure is repeated, many times if necessary.
7. The decision will be made using the method specified in section
A.6 of the Standard Resolution Procedure. The quorum is the same
as for a General Resolution (4.2) and the default option is “None
Of The Above”.
8. The Project Leader serves for one year from their election.

There has been one amendment proposed, which is identical to the
original proposal, except that it does not change section 5.2.2, and
thus creates a three week buffer between the end of the election and
the start of the new project leaders term.>
Point 2 remains as before; that is, it will still read:
2. The election begins nine weeks before the leadership post
becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.

Do not erase anything between the lines below and do not change the
choice names.

In the brackets next to your preferred choice, place a 1. Place a 2 in
the brackets next to your next choice. Do not enter a number smaller
than 1 or larger than 2. You may skip numbers. You may rank options
equally (as long as all choices X you make fall in the range 1<= X <= 2).

To vote “no, no matter what” rank “Further discussion” as more
desirable than the unacceptable choices, or You may rank the “Further
discussion” choice, and leave choices you consider unacceptable
blank. Unranked choices are considered equally the least desired
choices, and ranked below all ranked choices. (Note: if the Further
Discussion choice is unranked, then it is equal to all other unranked
choices, if any — no special consideration is given to the Further
discussion choice by the voting software).

Then mail the ballot to: Don't worry
about spacing of the columns or any quote characters (“>”) that your
reply inserts. NOTE: The vote must be GPG signed (or PGP signed)
with your key that is in the Debian keyring. You may optionally encrypt
your ballot using the public key included below. Also, note that you can
get a fresh ballot any time by sending a mail to
with the subject “gr_election”

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[ ] Choice 1: Reduce the length of DPL election process
[ ] Choice 2: As above, but do not change election start date in section 5.2.2
[ ] Choice 3: Further discussion
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The responses to a valid vote shall be signed by Devotee (DEbian VOTe
EnginE) using the vote key created for this vote. The public key
for the vote, signed by the Project secretary, is appended below.

Version: GnuPG v1.4.6 (GNU/Linux)


– All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism. Debian Project Secretary <> <> 1024D/BF24424C print 4966 F272 D093 B493 410B 924B 21BA DABB BF24 424C

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