So I wrote up a timeline and rules for how this whole election thing is going to work. It’s a bit vague now in some aspects, but at least this will get us started.
Those that would like to run will have one full month to announce their candidacy: March 31st thru April 30th. Anyone that would like to run that does not announce their candidacy within this time will not be allowed to run and will have to wait until the next term. Candidates must wait until this date to do an official announcement. If only the incumbent has announced candidacy by this point, the election is over and the incumbent will retain their status.
Terms will last for one year: from June 1st until May 31st of the next year. If the incumbent is voted out, they will have one week to make sure the new elected official is properly set up.
Candidates will be allowed to campaign as soon as they announce their candidacy, but the debates will not start until April 15th. We will also hold a debate here on the forums starting on May 1st and ending May 14th. In this time, voters will be able to ask the candidates their questions. The incumbent will be responsible for logging all answers into the original post of that thread for easy viewing. Questions may be directed to one or more of the candidates at a time. For those that do not have an account on the forum nor wish to have one (or for those who wish to remain anonymous), an email will be setup and run by two third-party individuals to post questions for them. The forum threads are visable to everyone, so those individuals can still keep track of their questions being answered.
Any candide that posts a campaign item should copy the incumbent of the guild in so they can repost the item. For example, tweets with links should mention @furwritersguild so that they can be retweeted. FA journal links should be noted to the guild FA so that way the journal post can be copied. All candidates must do campaigning on their personal accounts. You may campaign anywhere, so long as you’re posting under your own name. All accounts in the guild name (FA, Twitter, etc) may only be used to repost the posts made by all candidates.
Voting will take place starting 12:00am EST on May 16th and end 11:59pm EST on May 23rd. Voting will be done via email. An email account will be made for voting and will be watched and tallied by the two third-party individuals. The winner will be announced sometime on May 24th by one of the third-party individuals. Voting will be done by guild members, but non-members may clearly make their choices known.
If the elected official fails to meet the standards expect by the guild and its members, any member may petition to impeach the official. The one suggesting the impeach will have two weeks to make their position clear, then there will be a three day vote simply saying yes or no. If yes, the incumbent will resume office. If the incumbent is the one being impeached, a new election will be held from scratch, only with half of the election timeframes.
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