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Election Tuesday Roundup

The two week voting period in this year's JCP EC Elections ended on November 1st, and the results have been published on the JCP website and the JCP blog just a day later. The Aquarium blog has additional details putting voter turnout for this election in context of previous JCP EC elections. Last but not least, Henrik Ståhl posted his thoughts on the elections, as well.

So, I'd like to join Henrik in congratulations to the new and re-elected JCP EC Members - and big thank you to everyone who ran as a candidate, voted and participated in this election.

It was the first JCP EC election with Oracle as the steward of the Java platform, and it saw some interesting and in my opinion, welcome, departures from the past: for the first time, community members could use a discussion board to post questions to the candidates - and get answers from the candidates. In addition, Oracle shed some light on the choices for some of the ratified seats. Henrik's latest post explains why Oracle nominated the Apache Software Foundation for a ratified seat on the SE/EE EC, for example.

On the SE/EE EC, Apache Software Foundation & Red Hat have been ratified, while Hologic unfortunately was not. As described in the JCP process document, that means the PMO will hold an additional ratification ballot for the remaining SE/EE seat soon.

Eclipse Foundation & Google were the top two candidates for the open election seats for the SE/EE EC. The new EC members take office on November 16th, and the first EC meeting with the new members (a teleconference) is scheduled for December 7th.

From my perspective, it was nice to see that the transparency with which Eclipse, for example, led their re-election campaign, was honored by the voters.

I believe that given how many of the SE/EE EC members are on the producer side of Java-related technology and specifications, it makes sense to give some weight on the EC to the user side, the businesses using that technology. They may not be as loud in voicing their ideas on blogs or twitter feeds, but they really represent a significant part of the Java community overall.

That community is much larger then Oracle. It is also much larger then Apache or Google, or any other single organization, and it has continued to grow at an amazing pace. So I am sure that when Oracle submits another nomination in the near future, we will work a bit harder to explain why it is important for the JCP EC to include the users of the Java technology and be representative of a broad range of viewpoints.

And if you want to have your say in future JCP EC elections as a Java user or developer, join the JCP, and don't forget to vote.