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  • November 15, 2017

2017 JCP EC Election Associate Seat tiebreaker

Harold Ogle
Program Manager

All votes for the 2017 JCP Executive Committee Elections have been tallied by Votenet, and the results of the Associate Seat voting are a tie. Determining the winner requires using the tie-breaker procedure originally defined on October 18, 2011.

Per section 3.7.6 of the JCP document version 2.10, the JCP Program Management Office (PMO) will use the RFC2777 Gateway Form at https://www.w3.org/2001/05/rfc2777 to determine the winner. In order for the numbers to be random, we will take the following steps:

1) On Thursday 16 November 2017 at 10 AM PST, the PMO will assign a number (1 or 2) to each of the two candidates based on the closing value of the NASDAQ Composite Index as shown on http://quotes.wsj.com/index/NASDAQ/historical-prices for Wednesday 15 November 2017. If the closing value's whole number (ignoring any fractional part of the number) is even, the PMO will assign the 1 and 2 to the candidates alphabetically by last name. If the closing value's whole number is odd, the PMO will assign the 1 and 2 to the candidates in reverse alphabetical order by last name.

2) On Friday morning at 10 AM PST the PMO will use the RFC 2777 form. First, the PMO will enter "2" into the "Size of pool" field. Then the PMO will enter whole number values into the three "Random Number" fields in the RFC2777 form, noted at the same time and as described below:
a) For "Random Number #1": the closing value of the S&P 500 Index (ignoring any fractional part of the number) as shown on http://quotes.wsj.com/index/SPX/historical-prices for 16 November 2017
b) For "Random Number #2": the closing value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (ignoring any fractional part of the number) as shown on http://quotes.wsj.com/index/DJIA/historical-prices for 16 November 2017 (*)
c) For "Random Number #3": the final, winning score of the Golden State Warriors-Boston Celtics basketball game played on 16 November 2017 as shown on http://www.nba.com/scores#/

As of this writing, each of these events is in the future so the outcomes are unknown and cannot be influenced by either candidate.

On Friday, 17 November 2017, at 10 AM PST, the PMO will enter the numbers from step 2 into the fields. The form will then return a number, 1 or 2, and whichever candidate corresponds to that number will be elected to the Associate Seat. The 2017 Fall Executive Committee Election final results will then be announced on Friday, 17 November 2017.

View the Election Results on the 2017 JCP EC Elections Results page.

(* - The PMO decided on Wednesday 15 November 2017 to use the Dow Jones Industrial Average as a different number of greater variance than what was originally described. The PMO had intended to use the peak temperature in San Jose, California but made the change after realizing that San Jose's predicted vs reported peak temperature for Thursday didn't have sufficient variance.)

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