Re: [Ksummit-discuss] Results: Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board Election 2016

From: Chris Mason
Date: Thu Nov 03 2016 - 12:47:20 EST

On Thu, Nov 03, 2016 at 06:06:35PM +0200, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
Hi Steven,

On Thursday 03 Nov 2016 11:39:51 Steven Rostedt wrote:
The TAB elections are now complete. Thank you to all the candidates for
putting their names forward, and a big thank you to Grant Likely, Shuah
Khan, Jes Sorensen, H. Peter Anvin, Chris Mason and the Linux Foundation
staff who helped handle the election logistics.

With 108 ballots cast, the top 5 candidates received:

The next highest voted candidate received 44 votes.

Full results are available on request.

Just curious, is there any particular reason to not publish the full results ?

Could you also share feedback on the automated ballot counting process

Just nominating yourself and going through an election can be uncomfortable, at least it always is for me. We are lucky to have a deeply qualified group, and I'd rather focus on encouraging people that didn't get elected this time to try again next year.

The ballots were counted by hand. Grant, Steve and Shuah each counted every ballot and they verified that everyone got the same results.

We also test drove the optical scanning of the ballots with a tool called SDAPS ( This was Peter's idea, and it ended up working very nicely.

Out of 108 ballots, sdaps missed a single vote and didn't have any false positives. The optical scanning was faster than the hand counting, and we used the SDAPS gui to verify each ballot, and correct the single miss. The gui is the major reason I trusted the result, it's minimal but really fast. We used an off-the-shelf scanner, chosen because it was the fastest model that fit in my suitcase.

SDAPS recommends latex to design the ballot, and provides macros to make it fairly painless. Latex brings its own frustrations, but it worked.