Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Matthew Vernon Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Matthew Vernon, who volunteers as chair of our Systems Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I am the Chair of Systems, which is the committee responsible for managing hardware and IT infrastructure for the OTW as a whole (not just AO3!) We work closely with a number of other OTW committees, particularly AD&T who manage the software design and development of AO3.

As Chair I do a range of things — I run our weekly meetings, manage our volunteers, liaise with the OTW Board and Chairs of other committees, keep an eye on our ticket queue, and do quite a lot of code review.

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Organization for Transformative Works: Elections News

OTW Election Statistics for 2020

Now that the 2020 election is over, we’re happy to share with you our voter turnout statistics!

For the 2020 Election, we had 13,369 total eligible voters. Of those, 2858 voters cast a ballot, which represents 21.4% of the potential voters. Our voter turnout is lower than that of last year, which had a turnout of 22.5%. We also saw an increase in the number of ballots cast, from 2234 to 2858, which represents a 28% increase.

Elections is committed to continuing to reach out to our eligible members to encourage them to vote in elections. Whoever is elected to the Board of Directors can have an important influence on the long-term health of the OTW’s projects, and we want our members to have a say in that.

For those who might be interested in the number of votes each candidate received, please note that our election process is designed to elect an equal cohort of Board members in order to allow them to work well together, so we do not release that information. As a general rule, we also won’t disclose which of our unsuccessful candidates received the fewest votes, since we don’t want to discourage them from running again in the future when circumstances and member interest might be different.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who participated at every stage of the election! We hope to see you at the virtual polls again next year.

Organization for Transformative Works: Elections News

2020 OTW Election Results

The Elections Committee would like to thank all of our candidates for their hard work in this year’s election. With that, we are pleased to present the results of the 2020 Election.The following candidates (in alphabetical order) have been officially elected to the Board of Directors:

  • Alex Tischer
  • Jess White
  • Kati Eggert

The new members of the Board will formally begin their term overlap on October 1. We wish them well with their terms. With that, the election season comes to a close. Thank you to everyone who got involved by spreading the word, asking the candidates questions, and, of course, voting! We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.