February 2015 Expense Vote

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From Thursday, February 5, 2015, 10 PM, through Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6 PM, Asylum members will be voting on an expense issue.

The voting has been extended to Sunday, February 15, 2015, 6 PM, due to the three snow days we have had.


Who Is Eligible To Vote?

You're eligible to vote if:

  • For at least one or more days during the period while the the polls are open, you have been any sort of monthly member (does not include daypasses) for 6 or more of the previous 12 months.
  • Institutional memberships receive only one vote. Who casts that vote is up to the Institution to decide, and should be reported to the Election Commmissioner by the person who pays that Institution's bills.

What Are We Voting On?

An expense issue (as required by the By-Laws) is being voted upon; most specifically, with regards to a business systems platform. The Special Meeting to discuss this was held in the social area, on Thursday, 2015 February 5 at 6 pm.

The presentation from this meeting is available here.

The ballot reads:

Should we approve expenditures of up to fifty thousand dollars to develop a business systems platform and additionally approve expenditure of any funds received from grants and donations earmarked for this effort?

You may vote:

NO – We should NOT approve of the expenditure for the business systems platform.


YES – We should approve of the expenditure for the business systems platform.

Normal Procedure

We will be using paper ballots available at the front desk:

  1. Give your name to the volunteer at the front desk during our normal staffed hours (noon to 10pm Monday through Thursday, and 10am to 6pm Friday through Sunday).
  2. They will check off your name from the list and hand you a ballot.
  3. Complete the ballot while standing at the front desk and turn it in.

You will not be allowed to take ballots away from the desk. We will have sample ballots available with links to the relevant wiki pages, so you can see what the ballot will look like and find out more info about the candidates.

How To Vote - Alternate Methods

If, for whatever reason, you will not be able to cast a ballot in person during the voting period, contact the Election Commissioner, election-commissionerREelection-commissionerMOartisansasylum.comVEME@artisansasylum.com on or before Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6 pm,. There are TWO additional ways to vote:

1) Vote by making arrangements with the election commissioner who will then call you (with the phone number of record). The election commissioner (and the NSA, of course) will be the only ones who know how you voted.

2) Voting via email (non-anonymous, and least secure) - you will send in your vote via email, WITH A PHONE NUMBER AND TIME when the Election Commissioner can call you back to verify your vote. The phone number you give must be the one on record at the Asylum. . It may take up to 24-36 hours to verify your vote.

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