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Election results

Posted on Mon, 9 Apr 2007 14:04:46 +0200 - Keywords:

Okay, I guess I’m expected to say something.

You’ll probably notice I’m not exactly bouncing around in a great explosion of joy. I’ll keep that for the upcoming obligatory “yay for Etch” post. As much as I’m saddened by a few reactions of perplexity or sometimes even bitterness, I hope the “ha, in your face!” attitude targeted at other candidates will eventually fade out, too.

I really didn’t think I would win (at least before all those people started e-mailing to tell me they voted for me). My initial goal was only to make people think I could win, so that other well-placed candidates would pick up the good stuff in my platform or adapt to it. I didn’t really care about me being DPL. Well, apparently this didn’t go exactly as expected and here I am.

That said, I’m of course happy that my candidate of choice won :-) And it’s good that we had more voters than last year. I’d also like to thank all other candidates for running. Despite disagreements and given how much I advocated teams in my platform, there’s obviously things we’ll be able to do together, I just don’t know the details yet. I have already been offered help on many topics, including from people with whom I’ve disagreed or even quarreled and that’s really heartwarming. It will be a great year.

For the datamining lovers here, you may want to use this alternate tally sheet that makes grepping more meaningful. Votes are rewritten as a comma-separated preference list: 3567,4,1289 means “ranked options 3, 5, 6 and 7 equally, then option 4, then options 1, 2, 8 and 9 equally” and could be a --19111-- or a 331211133 vote (which mean exactly the same to the voting software but not necessarily to the voter). To know for instance how many people ranked NOTA above all other candidates, use grep '^9,' (that’s 19 people, by the way). To know how many people put at least 5 candidates below NOTA, use grep '9.*,\([1-8].*\)\{5\}' (and that’s 119 people!).

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