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Welcome to PASS Elections 2010

Voting is CLOSED!

The ballots are in, the votes are counted, and the results have been confirmed. While PASS was lucky to have 9 fantastic nominees for this year's elections race, congratulations are in order for this year's three winning candidates.

Andy Warren, President of Fourdeuce Inc., and Douglas McDowell, CEO (North America) of Solid Quality Mentors, were re-elected to the Board. They will be joined for the 2011/2012 Board of Directors term by Allen Kinsel, last year's joint PASSion Award Winner.

This year there were 1084 ballots cast, a 188% improvement on the 576 ballots cast in the 2009 elections. 2796 unique votes were counted. 

Detailed results:

Candidate Votes
Andy Warren 789
Douglas McDowell 604
Allen Kinsel 511
Geoff Hiten 464
Mark Ginnebaugh 428








For more information about the process, click here. For more important elections dates, click here.

You'll find details about the candidates on the Candidate Campaign Space. Also, don't forget to read the candidates' answers to some excellent questions from the community in the PASS elections discussion forums. And, of course, there's a lot of additional information and debate in the community blogs listed on the Discussion page.

Results will be announced on PASS Blog at noon Pacific Time on September 17. The announcement will also be posted on this page. Thanks to everyone for participating in the 2010 PASS Elections!


How Does It Work?

The elections process starts with the nomination application.  Applicants are screened and ranked by the Nominations Committee.  The top applicants are invited back for an interview.  They are then again ranked by the Nominations Committee, which presents an election slate to the Board of Directors for review.  The top interviewees become the official candidates when the Board of Directors approves the election slate.

Campaigning starts on August 18, 2010.  The polls open on September 1, and candidates may campaign until balloting officially closes (noon PST, September 15).  This year, the three candidates that receive the most votes will be elected to the Board of Directors. 

Click here for the full elections time line.

Click here to view the full 2010 elections procedure.

Who is Eligible to Vote?

The voting membership ("electorate") in 2010 was determined by the Board of Directors according to the PASS Bylaws, and consists of those individuals who were PASS members on or before May 1, 2010. 


PASS Elections Tweet Deck

Follow the Twitter action here live! If you'd like to contribute to the discussion, use #passvotes. Thanks for getting involved! 




"What does it take to be a Director?"

Elections News

  • The polls open for all eligible members - September 1
  • 5 candidates announced on 2010 slate - August 18
  • Interviews scheduled with 7 nominees - July 30
  • Call closes with 9 applications - July 21
  • Call for Nominations goes out - June 23
  • NomCom finalized - June 16
  • PASS completes audit of 2009 process

Who's in Charge?

The Nominations Committee (better known as the NomCom)
is responsible for seeing the elections procedure through
from start to finish.

The NomCom for 2010 is:

Wayne Snyder (Chair)
Thomas LaRock
Rick Heiges
Rick Bolesta
Judy Christianson
Denise McInerney
Stu Ainsworth

Click here for summaries of NomCom meetings and scores

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the
Elections team at PASS HQ

Hannes Bezuidenhout (Governance)

Please note:


Just a quick note to watch out for an imposter Twitter account purporting to represent PASS HQ PR. Today, the account began posting inflamatory messages under the guise of PASS. We want to assure the community that this account is in no way related to PASS or any of its representatives and does not speak for the organization. The only account that speaks for PASS is @sqlpass.

We have posted messages to this effect on Twitter to our loyal followers. Thanks to Andy Leonard and others who brought this to our attention and who are spreading the word  to unfollow the account and to not retweet any of its messages. We are working with Twitter to report the account as an imposter and have it removed.

Kathy Blomstrom
PASS Communications