From: Mike Roberts
Subject: [ALSC-Forum] Re: Inconsistency with ALSC recommendations
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 13:07:43 -0700
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As a matter of history, I'd like to comment that this topic was the
subject of a good deal of discussion by Board members and others in
the process of adopting the election rules and related Bylaw language
for the 2000 election.
The conclusion was based on notions of fairness balanced against
workability. The basic rule is that the purposes of geographic
diversity are best served by having candidates be required to be
citizens of a country within a defined region. Since the number of
candidates is small, the process of verifying statements of
citizenship by examining credentials in the event of any question is
manageable by the election committee volunteers.
On the other hand, examining citizenship credentials for a worldwide
electorate that could be very large is potentially an expensive and
time consuming process. Neither the time nor the money was
available in the 2000 election to undertake such a verification. The
decision made in 2000 was that in any given country, the number of
potential voters who were residents but not citizens was such a small
proportion of the total that it would not likely affect the outcome
of the vote. Therefore, the postal mail distribution of pins
required for authentication would also establish residency to a
reasonable degree of accuracy and the procedure was adopted.
Presumably, the ALSO and its election committee, when established,
will revisit this type of tradeoff in light of the procedures it
chooses to adopt and the related budget considerations. The ALSC
recommendation for a regionally based ALSO will also assist in
dealing with this issue.
At 14:02 -0400 10/24/01, Joanna Lane wrote:
>The region for which an ICANN Board candidate may stand is determined by
>citizenship of the individual, whereas the electorate for each At Large
>region is determined by residency of the individual.
>Problem: Vast numbers of the world's population hold citizenship for one
>region while residing in another. Under the current Bylaws, this means that
>an individual domain name holder is not eligible to vote in the same region
>for which they may stand for election.
>Comments from the ALSC please?