For those avoiding EN24, reddit, and the forums, Matias Otero, the Brave Newbies representative has been inactive for sometime, and has recently made his resignation official.
Matias has issued his apology on reddit including
... I've decided to resign from the CSM rather than let my seat go to waste. It was a difficult decision, as I felt that I could at least have spent some of my energy on the all-important issue of new player attraction and retention, but in the end I had to admit to myself that it wasn't going to happen. ...
CCP then had the decision on whether to replace Matias or leave a seat vacant. If they were going to replace him, how?
So lets look at the options https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By-election#In_multi-member_constituencies is a starting place.
Option: chose from losing candidates at previous election via recountThe voting software that CSM uses easily lends itself to excluding the failed candidate. This has the advantage of allowing voters, especially those who voted for the resigned representative, to still have their say via their voting preferences.
If CCP chose this method, then Asayami Dei is elected, defeating Awoxing Pizza-Spymaster McBlueshooter by (my count) of 181.
The (my count) qualification is that I used droop with the warren rules, which is probably not quite right. However Sephira Galamore on the forums posted that with CSM's own voting software, that this is also the same result.
Most systems that perform this type of recount keep all incumbents in their seat and use the recount solely for electing the vacancy. (Addressing Sephira's concern on the forums)
Option: Leave the seat vacantDo nothing is always an option, but not really one that benefits anyone. While the actual goals of what the CSM is for are perceived differently by some, very few of these goals are met by fewer CSM members.
Option: replace with a similar candidate by fiatMany electoral systems will appoint a member from the same political party where available. Whether this appointment is done by a Governor, an elected body themselves, an effort is generally made in many systems to retain the existing balance by replacing 'like with like'.
Eve does not (yet) have formal political parties. We are close but not there yet. I do not see how this would work until we have formal tickets formally acknowledging who is in the same group.
Option: replace with the last excluded candidateThis is the option that was taken by CCP in the interests of speed. Umm. No disrespect to Asayami Dei but please CCP, never do this again.
This has the exact opposite effect of 'replace with a similar candidate' and generally will disenfranchise those that voted for the recently vacated representative.
For an example in the extreme. Take a common voting scenario
- Right wing candidate gets 49% of vote
- Left wing candidate gets 35% of vote
- Center Right candidate gets 14% of vote
- Others get 2%
Under this method the left wing candidate would be elected, causing the right wing electors (with 63% of vote) to be disenfranchised.
The reason that Asayami is appointed under both this rule and recount method is that in the original count Asayami was only just excluded (80 votes).
Speed was not an issue. I found and installed and worked out how to drive similar software to perform a reasonable count within a couple of hours. Seripha found the software that CCP uses and re-ran the vote in the same amount of time.
SummaryTo minimise accusations of favouritism and whim, I recommend that CSM ask CCP for a formal method of replacing candidates, and to formalise when a representative should be replaced.
My personal preference is a recount method.
I think it is fortunate that Asayami managed to be elected on both the whim based 'last candidate excluded' as well as a more rigorous recount method.
Linksdrool warren based on original vote
Original vote modified to work with drool
drool warren with matias excluded
Original vote modified to work with drool and then Matias excluded
Original vote as provded by ccp