[cabfpub] Voting Begins: FORUM-18, Allow Re-election of CWG Chairs and Vice Chairs

Doug Beattie doug.beattie at globalsign.com
Thu Jul 28 11:23:44 UTC 2022

GlobalSign votes Yes on FORUM-18


From: Public <public-bounces at cabforum.org> On Behalf Of Tim Hollebeek via
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 3:10 PM
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Subject: [cabfpub] Voting Begins: FORUM-18, Allow Re-election of CWG Chairs
and Vice Chairs



Ballot FORUM-18, Allow Re-election of CWG Chairs and Vice Chairs


Proposed by Tim Hollebeek of DigiCert and endorsed by Ben Wilson of Mozilla
and Wayne Thayer of Fastly.




Section 4.1 of the Bylaws describes elections for Forum Chair and Vice
Chair, and says:


"No person may serve as Chair for more than a two-year period or be elected
to Vice Chair upon expiration or termination 

of the person's service as Chair, but a person is eligible to be elected as
Chair again after having vacated the position

as Chair for at least one (1) term."


This makes it clear Forum Chairs and Vice Chairs cannot be re-elected (be
elected to a new term for the same office they

currently hold), but the situation is less clear for Chairs and Vice Chairs
of Chartered Working Groups (CWGs).


The current Bylaws have been read by some to allow re-election of CWG Chairs
and Vice Chairs, and by others to prohibit it.  

It has happened once in the past, and whether it is allowed depends on
whether "follow the procedures of Bylaws Section 4.1 

as closely as possible" is merely referring to election procedures, or also
candidate qualifications.


This ambiguity was discussed during the spring CA/Browser Forum Face-to-face
meeting, and the consensus was that we should 

update the Bylaws to clarify that re-election is allowed, and the election
process itself is sufficient to determine 

whether members want to retain the existing Chair and/or Vice Chair, or
whether they want to vote for someone else.  

This is important because the pool of qualified and willing candidates is
not particularly large.


This ballot retains the existing prohibition on re-election for Forum Chairs
and Vice Chairs.




The Bylaws of the CA/Browser Forum are amended as described in the following






The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:


Discussion (7+ days)


Start Time: 2022-07-20 2:45 PM Eastern (US)


End Time: 2022-07-27 3:15 PM Eastern (US)


Vote for approval (7 days)


Start Time: 2022-07-27 3:15 PM Eastern (US)


End Time: 2022-08-03 3:15 PM Eastern (US)


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