Monday, June 10, 2024

It’s time to make nominations for the PSF Board Election!

This year’s Board Election Nomination period opens tomorrow and closes on June 25th. Who runs for the board? People who care about the Python community, who want to see it flourish and grow, and also have a few hours a month to attend regular meetings, serve on committees, participate in conversations, and promote the Python community. Check out our Life as Python Software Foundation Director video to learn more about what being a part of the PSF Board entails. We also invite you to review our Annual Impact Report for 2023 to learn more about the PSF mission and what we do.

Current Board members want to share what being on the Board is like and are making themselves available to answer all your questions about responsibilities, activities, and time commitments via online chat. Please join us on the PSF Discord for the Board Election Office Hours (June 11th, 4-5 PM UTC and June 18th, 12-1 PM UTC)  to talk with us about running for the PSF Board. 

Board Election Timeline

Nominations open: Tuesday, June 11th, 2:00 pm UTC
Nominations close: Tuesday, June 25th, 2:00 pm UTC
Voter application cut-off date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2:00 pm UTC
Announce candidates: Thursday, June 27th
Voting start date: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2:00 pm UTC
Voting end date: Tuesday, July 16th, 2:00 pm UTC 

Not sure what UTC is for you locally? Check here!

Nomination details

You can nominate yourself or someone else. We encourage you to reach out to people before you nominate them to ensure they are enthusiastic about the potential of joining the Board. Nominations open on Tuesday, June 11th, 2:00 PM UTC, and end on June 25th, 2:00 PM UTC.

Please send nominations and questions regarding nominations to psf-board-nominations@pyfound.org. Include the name, email address, and an endorsement of the nominee's candidacy for the PSF Board. To get an idea of what a nomination looks like, check out the Nominees for 2023 PSF Board page. After the nomination period closes, we will request a statement and other relevant information from the nominees to publish for voter review.

Voting Reminder!

Every PSF Voting Member (Supporting, Managing, Contributing, and Fellow) needs to affirm their membership to vote in this year’s election. You should have received an email from "psf@psfmember.org <Python Software Foundation>" with subject "[Action Required] Affirm your PSF Membership voting status" that contains information on how to affirm your voting status.

You can see your membership record and status on your PSF Member User Information page. If you are a voting-eligible member and do not already have a login, please create an account on psfmembership.org first and then email psf-donations@python.org so we can link your membership to your account.

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Affirm your PSF Membership Voting Status

Every PSF voting-eligible Member (Supporting, Managing, Contributing, and Fellow) needs to affirm their membership to vote in this year’s election.

If you wish to vote in this year’s election, you must affirm your intention to vote no later than Tuesday, June 25th, 2:00 pm UTC to participate in this year’s election. This year’s Board Election vote begins Tuesday, July 2nd, 2:00 pm UTC and closes on Tuesday, July 16th, 2:00 pm UTC. You should have received an email from "psf@psfmember.org <Python Software Foundation>" with subject "[Action Required] Affirm your PSF Membership voting status" that contains information on how to affirm your voting status. If you were expecting to receive the email but have not (make sure to check your spam!), please email psf-elections@pyfound.org and we’ll assist you.

PSF Bylaws

Section 4.2 of the PSF Bylaws requires that “Members of any membership class with voting rights must affirm each year to the corporation in writing that such member intends to be a voting member for such year.”

The PSF did not enforce this before 2023 because it was technically challenging. Now that we can track our entire voting membership on psfmember.org, we are implementing this requirement.

Our motivation is to ensure that our elections can meet quorum as required by Section 3.9 of our bylaws. As our membership has grown, we have seen that an increasing number of Contributing, Managing, and Fellow members with indefinite membership do not engage with our annual election, making quorum difficult to reach. 

An election that does not reach quorum is invalid. This would cause the whole voting process to be re-held as well as create an undue amount of effort on the part of the PSF Staff.

Need to check your membership status?

You can see your membership record and status on your PSF Member User Information page (note you must be logged in to psfmember.org to view that page). If you are a voting-eligible member (active Supporting, Managing, Contributing, and Fellow members of the PSF) and do not already have a login, please create an account on psfmembership.org first and then email psf-donations@python.org so we can link your membership to your account. Please ensure you have an account linked to your membership so that we can have the most up-to-date contact information for you in the future.

What happens next?

You’ll get an email from OpaVote with a ballot on or before July 2nd and then you can vote!

Check out our PSF Membership page to learn more. If you have questions about membership or nominations please email psf-donations@python.org. Join the PSF Discord for the Board Office Hours, June 11th, 4-5 PM UTC, and June 18th, 12-1 PM UTC. You are also welcome to join the discussion about the PSF Board election on our forum.