The 2013 Wikimedia Foundation elections will be held from 1–15 June 2013. Members of the Wikimedia community have the opportunity to elect candidates for three positions: Three candidates for the Board of Trustees to serve a two-year term which will expire in 2015. The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons. Two candidates for the Funds Dissemination Committee of the Board to serve a two–year term. One candidate as the Funds Dissemination Committee Ombudsperson to serve a two-year term. The elections are held securely using SecurePoll software. Votes are secret, and no one from the Election Committee, the Board, or anyone on the Wikimedia Foundation staff has access to them. The encryption key for the election is held by an independent third party; once activated, the election is 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) is viewable by a select few persons who audit and tally the election (the election committee). Voters submit votes using a Support/Neutral/Oppose system. The votes will be tallied and the candidates will be 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 are not counted, so this is the sum of support and oppose votes). The candidates with the highest percentage of support will be recommended to the Board of Trustees for appointment. The election committee will announce the results on or before 22 June 2013. Detailed results will be available. US to UK Spelling Conversion
|The election ended 22 June 2013. No more votes will be accepted.|
The results were announced on 24 June 2013.
The 2013 Board Election Committee manages the details of the election organisation within the capacity delegated to them by the Board of Trustees, subject to Board overview, and may give recommendations to the Board about the elections.
The Committee consists of members appointed by the Board of Trustees to organise the 2013 Wikimedia Board of Trustees election. Committee members must be editors of one or more Wikimedia projects, cannot be on the Board of Trustees or candidates in the election, and cannot vote in the election.
Announced on February 5, 2013, the committee consists of the following members:
|Name||Languages||Location (time zone)|
|Ferdinando Scala||it, nap, en-5, fr-5, es-2||San Giorgio a Cremano, Italy (UTC+1)|
|Jon Harald Søby||nb, en-3, sv-3, de-2, da-2, es-1, eo-1, ro-1, sw-1||Trondheim, Norway (UTC+1)|
|Katie Chan||en, yue||Lincoln, England (UTC+0)|
|Ralf Roletschek||de, es-2, ru-1, cs-1, ca-1, en-0||Eberswalde, Germany (UTC+1)|
|Risker||en, fr-2||Toronto, Canada (UTC-5)|
The Committee is responsible for planning and maintaining virtually every aspect of the Board election. For example, the Committee plans the type of voting, suffrage criteria, and criteria for candidacy, drafts and organises all of the official election pages on Meta, verifies that candidates and voters meet the criteria, audits votes to ensure there are no duplicate votes or other problems, et cetera.