Wikimedia Foundation elections/2020

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Wikimedia Foundation elections will be held in 2020 to elect three Members of the Community seats on the Board of Trustees.

While elections for the Funds Dissemination Committee were originally scheduled for 2019, they were not held, and the status of the FDC remains unclear.


In the past, elections were held securely using SecurePoll software. Votes have been secret, with no one from the Election Committee, the Board, or anyone on the Wikimedia Foundation staff having access to them. The encryption key for the elections were held by an independent third party; once activated, the election was halted. Some personally identifiable data on voters (for instance, IP address, user agent, and other data that is substantially similar to that obtained by the Checkuser tool) was viewable by a select few persons who audit and tally the election (the election committee).

Voters have in the past submitted votes using a Support/Neutral/Oppose system. The votes were tallied and the candidates ranked by percentage of support, defined as the number of votes cast in support of the candidate divided by the total number of votes cast for the candidate ("neutral" preferences were not counted, so this is the sum of support and oppose votes). The candidates with the highest percentage of support were recommended to the Board of Trustees for appointment.

Board of Trustees electionEdit

The dates when members of the Wikimedia community will have the opportunity to vote in the Board of Trustees election are to be determined for three members of the Board of Trustees to serve a three-year term which will expire in 2023. The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons.

Hopefully, the election committee will announce the results during or before Wikimania in 2020, with detailed results made available.

Information for voters and voter requirementsEdit

To be determined. Please see Wikimedia Foundation elections/2017.

Please see also the postmortem discussion from the 2017 elections.