[Mpi-forum] Voting results

Bronis R. de Supinski bronis at llnl.gov
Wed May 30 16:20:43 CDT 2012


I also meant to address another question that arose.
While I have missed some meetings, at no meeting at
which I was present to a ticket pass under the apparent
widespread misinterpretation of the rules. If one had,
I would have objected -- first, because that is not
what the by-laws say; and second, because adding something
to the standard that cannot even get a simple majority
of yes votes of THOSE PRESENT is an inherently stupid
idea (adding it; not necessarily the proposal itself).

I do not recall a particularly close vote when I was
present although I might be mistaken. The only votes
that I recall that were close were straw votes, which
do not count. Many of those have been close.


On Wed, 30 May 2012, Bronis R. de Supinski wrote:

> All:
> Hmm. Quite the controversy. However, the rules as enforced
> in Japan are consistent with my understanding of what they
> have always been. More importantly, they are consistent
> with the wording in the bylaws. Here is what Jeff quoted:
>     a simple majority is defined as a simple majority
>     of those present and eligible to vote.
> Those who abstained were present and eligible to vote.
> They did not vote yes. The effect is that they voted
> "no" by this definition. If they did not want their
> vote effectively to be "no" then they should have left
> the room. I recall several instances in which someone
> was out of the room (perhaps even momentarily for a bio
> break) and Jeff recorded their vote as "not present".
> See the definition above -- they then do not count as
> present so they do not figure into the required "yes" count.
> As I stated, my understanding of the rules is consistent
> with the interpretation used in Japan. I would object to
> any other interpretation since the by-laws are actually
> clear on this point. I agree that the by-laws should be
> clear in general; while I think they are clear, I would
> not object to a clarifying statement being added to the
> effect that "abstentions are effectively negative votes."
> I think we have many other issues that should be made
> concrete in the by-laws and this is the least important.
> What is required to pass a first reading is probably the
> most obvious issue.
> Bronis
> On Wed, 30 May 2012, Fab Tillier wrote:
>> Jeff Squyres wrote on Wed, 30 May 2012 at 12:12:26
>>> On May 30, 2012, at 2:57 PM, Jeff Hammond wrote:
>>>>> The fact that some votes were still recorded as 'abstain' is an indication
>>>>> that this bylaw change was half baked.
>>>> Especially when the meeting is attended by so few people due to the
>>>> location.  It seems like a weasel tactic to pick a remote location to
>>>> change the by-laws with a single vote.
>>> To be clear, the process document states:
>>>     For the purposes of voting, a simple majority is defined as a simple
>>>     majority of those present and eligible to vote.
>>> In the context of the document, the phrase "simple majority" is used to
>>> describe what is needed for ballots to pass; this sentence is attempting to
>>> define that phrase.  So even though the above sentence looks like a circular
>>> definition, I think it's really an open-ended definition (e.g., a google search
>>> for "simple majority definition" turns up both definitions).
>>> I was not there and don't know *exactly* what happened, so I'll refrain from
>>> commenting further.
>> If the bylaws are vague, we should clarify them.  We should not however reinterpret them at each meeting, and should all agree on a proper interpretation and stick to it, such that ambiguity is removed going forward.  Allowing our bylaws to be vague enough to afford a re-interpretation at each meeting does nobody any good.
>> -Fab
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