Organization for Transformative Works: Elections News

2021 OTW Election Timeline & Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2021 election for new members of the Board of Directors has been posted!

This year’s election will be held on August 13-16. This means that the deadline for staff to declare their candidacy is June 18.

As usual, the election membership deadline is June 30. If you’re interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date. Please note that your donation receipt will be dated in US Eastern Time, so if your donation is listed after 19:59 on June 30, 2021 on the receipt, you won’t be eligible to vote. If you are unsure whether your donation was made before the deadline, please contact our Development and Membership Committee by using the contact form on our website and selecting “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?”. Read More

A close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

The OTW is Recruiting for Elections, Fanlore, Policy & Abuse, Systems and Tag Wrangling

Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Chinese to English? Are you interested in writing and editing public news posts? Or would you like to assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? Maybe you have an interest in wiki editing, or writing help documentation? Or you have systems administrator experience or a working knowledge of Linux? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Elections Staff: Communications Specialist – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Elections Staff: Public Relations – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Fanlore Staff: Policy & Admin – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • AO3 Policy & Abuse Staff – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Staff – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing 23 September 202 at 23:59 UTC or until we receive 80 applications
  • Tag Wrangling Chinese Volunteer – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC or until we receive 50 applications

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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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.