mantrid, on 1st April 2011 - 08:31 AM, said:
ISPs use dynamic IP addresses that change all the time, not many people would have static IP addresses. So this wouldnt work.
You would need to use something unique like a membership number or email address and have it encrypted in the database so not even the database administrator would not know who the vote came from.
Good point, as ever mantrid
Nevertheless, CPUK login names are unique and password-protected; I'll hazard a guess and say most CPS members are online and could become CPUK members, if they aren't already (4,000+ members at last count?)
If the CPUK names were matched against the CPS membership list, you have the basis of an electoral roll.
Both are in electronic form (CPS' is an Excel spreadsheet, as I recall), so the task shouldn't be too onerous.
I think CPUK can be trusted to be independent overseers to maintain anonymity and integrity.
If they're able to take on the work, of course!
(You mods are such luvverly people, you know that?
Personally, I don't believe a dicky-bird
of what they say about you...
Dennis could catch the (hopefully) few members who aren't online? (Sorry, Dennis)
I gaze into my crystal ball - it's cruel
to mock an affliction, btw
- and see truly democratic elections shaping up for the CPS...
It'll need a change to Society Rules
12 and 13 to take place in this way, of course.
But an online voting presence could be construed as a voting presence at the AGM, which would solve that constitutional problem.
And I can't see how the CPS could object to anything that makes the elections more democratic and encompass many more members than can physically attend the AGM.
I don't think the Royal Horticultural Society or Charities Commission would object at all, do you?
Yes, I volunteer to help with the extra work, of course!
Edited by Vic2, 01 April 2011 - 10:31 AM.