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Denied vote and the definition of a DD

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On Fri, Mar 18, 2005 at 12:17:36AM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Mar 2005 22:50:47 -0600, Taral  <taral@taral.net> said: 
> > On Thu, Mar 17, 2005 at 06:15:41PM -0600, Debian Project Secretary wrote:
> >> NOTE: The vote must be GPG signed (or PGP signed) with your key
> >> that is in the Debian keyring.
> > Okay, so whomever maintains the keyring still hasn't updated my
> > key. I can't sign with the key in the keyring, it's expired.
> > Can I send in my vote by mail? If not, what alternate mechanism
> > exists?  If none, please make one. I don't want to be left out of
> > the voting because of someone else's inaction.
> 	I'm sorry, but I don't think I can just make up rules. You
>  need to be a DD in good standing in order to vote, and that
>  essentially means having a key in the keyring.

Okay, can someone here maybe suggest a solution? I see nothing in the
Constitution that requires a key in the keyring. In fact, I see no
formal document defining a Developer or the conditions under which one
is or is not one.

Questions to consider:

1. Whence does the requirement for signed votes come from?
2. Who is empowered to change the policy surrounding the voting system?
3. By what authority can the Secretary reject an authenticatable vote
   provided by alternate means? (e.g. notarized document by certified
4. What defines who is and is not a Debian Developer?
5. How do I fix my current problem?

Taral <taral@taral.net>
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