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From Baifern Punyapat <>
Subject Re: Can the one proposing a vote cast his vote?
Date Mon, 04 Jun 2012 06:30:02 GMT
2012/6/4, Dennis E. Hamilton <>:
> @Herbert
> In general, anyone should recuse themselves from voting or simply not vote
> if there is concern for (perception of) conflict of interest of any sort.
> There is no reason for someone calling a vote not to vote.  It happens in
> governments and it happens in standard structures for operating committees
> of various kinds.  Calling the vote is not casting a vote in those
> either.  Calling for a vote (or initiating a [VOTE] thread) is for making
> progress to a definite outcome and is technically not the same as voting
> the motion.
> The only odd case about votes is typically when someone is sitting as a
> chairperson. In general, chairpersons (having not recused themselves) MAY
> vote when the vote cast makes a difference in the outcome, but SHALL NOT
> vote at any other time.  The chairperson is expected to remain neutral and
> only in the particular close case the chairperson may (but need not) cast
> decisive vote.  I believe that is the rule that governs the conduct of the
> Vice President of the United States when sitting as the chairperson of the
> US Senate.
> Of course, the procedures and bylaws of a specific organization will
> determine how the specific combinations of cases are handled.
>  - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Herbert Duerr []
> Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 04:50
> To:
> Cc: Ross Gardler
> Subject: Re: Can the one proposing a vote cast his vote?
> Hi,
> I was wondering how other projects under the ASF umbrella handle the
> question, whether the one calling a vote should always stay neutral or
> whether he should be allowed to cast his vote.
> Or is it assumed that the one proposing a vote automatically approves
> his proposal with a +1?
> I had found from the Avalon project that
> summarizes the voting process very well. My particular question wasn't
> answered in it though, so I discussed that topic with Ross Gardler,
> where he gave some good advise and allowed me to share it:
>> You should vote. Unless you formally record your vote it will not be
>> counted.
>> In some cases other factors might make your impartiality questionable,
>> e.g. you may be nominating a new committee who is a work colleague. In
>> such circumstances you may choose to declare your relationship when you
>> make the nomination or when you vote. However, since everyone is an
>> individual in the ASF this is not required.
>> If there is a genuine conflict of interest you need to recuse yourself
>> from the vote. This might happen in circumstances such as requesting PMC
>> approval of the projects trademarks for an event sponsored by your
>> employer.
> Are there additional criteria one should consider or are there any other
> opinions on this topic?
> Herbert

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