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CSM: Running for Office: Week Six

Nine days untill  the polls open.

It is amazing how much effort can go into crafting thirteen hundred characters. When I first looked at my CSM application I thought that it would be easy to write the official words. Of course it was not. The limit was the largest hurdle. I had so much to say and so few words to say it in. But, I eventually worked through it and submitted everything last Sunday evening. I sent off my passport at the same time and now it is just a short, but long wait.

Tomorrow is the final day of application submissions. Then, on the 3rd, we should find out who actually submitted their applications and passports and passed their background checks. The polls open the following Tuesday. I’ve checked my submission a few times. If I try to fill out the form with Sugar again it tells me that she has already submitted one. I sent my e-mail to the correct place. How I wish for a confirmation email to stare at. For now, i just fret. When I started the run I was worried about my Fansite status being a problem (as happened in the past to Roc Wieler). However, that seems to no longer be a hurdle and it is covered in the white paper. I’m still on the edge of my seat.

The steps of this process have been a discovery. Six weeks since my first post and we are heading into the homestretch. Now I can tell people when voting starts and discuss voting with them.  I've talked with a lot of people about why people should vote. It also leads to the topic of the recommendation lists. After Thursday, the recommendation lists will start going out.

The STV system (assuming it is the same) has 14 spots for each person to list their order of preference. Groups give out their voting lists in the order and filled with the people they’d like to get onto the CSM. While a useful tool for a large group with similar interests it can also be a tool to attempt to direct the vote.

I told Cap Stable that in my ideal world everyone would look over the candidates and make decisions based off of what they wanted in a candidate. I find voting to be a very personal thing. I also find it to be a very polarizing thing. Like religion and ship fits, discussions can become heated and passionate. For whatever reason, perhaps my stance on personally researched decisions, I didn’t think about the entire recommendation list aspect of the CSM run until my chatroom asked me about it.

I don’t know. I’d like everyone to pick me. I’m here to work with whomever is voted in. I understand why people make recommendations. I was told that if people voted for me they’d want to know who I voted for and take my recommendation into consideration. I understand that as well. Yet, it is a topic I am still torn about and do not yet know how I will address it. It is something to solve by next week.

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