[MathSoc Council] Exact Word of Motions for Elections Policy Change

Febrian Sidharta fsidhart at uwaterloo.ca
Wed Oct 16 11:42:50 EDT 2013


MOTION 1:
BIRT Mathsoc Policy 1. Elections Procedure Part 1.1.1. Composition and
Appointment to be replaced from:

The Elections Committee shall be a standing committee of Council. The
Committee shall be
comprised of five members. The chair of the Committee is referred to as the
Chief Returning
O fficer. Members shall serve on the Committee for the term in which they
are appointed.

At the start of each Fall term, Council shall appoint the Elections
Committee as soon as
possible. In other terms, Council need not appoint the Committee unless a
by-election is required;
if a by-election is required, then Council shall appoint the Committee as
soon as possible.

Prior to the appointment of the Committee during a term, if urgency demands
it, the President
may exercise the powers of the Committee in a way consistent with its
duties.

to:

The Elections Committee shall be a standing committee of Council. The
Committee shall be
comprised of five members. The chair of the Committee is referred to as the
Chief Returning
Officer. Members shall serve on the Committee for the term in which they
are appointed.

In terms when a by-election is required, the President shall exercise, or
appoint a temporary Chief Returning Officer to exercise, the powers of the
Committee in a way consistent with its duties. The President, or the
temporary Chief Returning Officer, shall run a by-election with the
nomination period starting on the first day of classes of the term. The
temporary Chief Returning Officer's duty and power shall cease when the
by-election's result is reported to Council.

At the start of each Fall term, Council shall appoint the Elections
Committee as soon as possible. In other terms, Council need not appoint the
Committee unless a further by-election is still required after the
by-election conducted by the President or temporary Chief Returning Officer;
if a further by-election is required, then Council shall appoint the
Committee as soon as possible.

MOTION 2:
BIRT Mathsoc Policy 1. Elections Procedure Part 1.5.6 Resolution to be
replaced from:

The elections shall be resolved through the Schulze STV Method, as
described by Martin Schulze
in the 2011 paper Free Riding and Vote Management under Proportional
Representation by the
Single Transferable Vote. The Schulze STV Method generates an ordered
ranking of all possible
sets of candidates of size equal to the number of available seats. For each
term, the highest set
in the ranking containing only candidates eligible for that term shall be
the winning set; in the
event of multiple such sets, if any are disquali fied (per the de finition
in the paper) by other such
sets ranked equally, then they shall be discarded. If there are still
multiple sets remaining, then
the winning set shall be selected by use of the tiebreaking vote; the sets
shall be ordered by the
tiebreaking vote, and then the first set in lexicographic order under the
tiebreaking vote shall be
the winning set.

to:


The elections shall be resolved through the BC STV Method.

For each term, candidates that are not eligible for that term shall be
excluded from calculation.

For election for single seat, if there is a candidate that gathers the
majority of the highest ranked votes, the candidate shall be elected; if
there is no such candidate, the candidate with the lowest amount of votes
shall be excluded from the calculation and their vote shall be distributed
to the next highest ranked candidate in the vote. This method shall be
repeated until there is a candidate with the majority of the votes.

For elections of multiple seats, the quota to be elected is number of
votes/(number of seats available + 1). If there is a candidate that gather
more votes than the aforementioned quota, the candidate shall be elected
and their votes' weight shall be discounted to 1 - quota/(elected
candidate's number of votes) and redistributed to the next highest ranked
candidate in the vote; if there is no such candidate, candidate with lowest
amount of votes shall be excluded from the calculation and their vote shall
be distributed to the next highest ranked candidate in the vote without any
discount. This method shall be repeated until all seats are filled or there
is equal number of candidates with seats available.

Should there be a tie, the highest ranked candidate in the tiebreaking vote
shall be elected.
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-- 
*Febrian Sidharta*
Candidate for Bachelor of Mathematics 2015,
Honours Statistics and Actuarial Science (Finance Option)
University of Waterloo
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