With just a little over an hour left in the election for the first ever community board members of the New York Tech Meetup, less than 10 percent of the approximately 11,000 voters have weighed in.
It’s really not that surprising says director Nate Westheimer. “I think I got elected with like 400 votes.”
Candidate Noel “NoNeck” Hidalgo was the first to publicly raise the questions about the policy of giving each member just one vote, even though the race is for two seats.
“I find it disingenuous that we, candidates & community, are told one thing and then forced to deal with “on the fly” circumstances,” he wrote to the NYTM listserve. “If our “16,000 strong” community has the ability to create multi-million dollar applications, surely we can find the community resource to architect a real democratic solution. I know we can do this, and I know we can do more.”
Westheimer, for his part, said there was nothing “on the fly” about it. “There are many ways to hold an election. We choose this one.”
Tune back in here at 3 p.m. sharp for the election results.
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