2022 Board of Trustees election Community Voting period

The first of two mass mailings has been sent in the past hours, and now there are more than 2000 votes. Let’s see how the number of votes compare to the 2021 election next Monday, after the dust of this mass mailing settles.

By then it should be also possible to see which wikis have the lowest relative participation, which might be useful for focused promotion on those communities.

Looking at the statistics right now…

Projects with 10 to 99 eligible voters;

Projects with 100 to 999 eligible voters:

Projects with 1000 eligible voters or more:

How is your wiki project doing?


That’s awesome! @Qgil-WMF thank you for this stats.

What statistics would you like to see? Also, if you are curious about data specific to your project, just ask The team at the Foundation supporting the elections LOVES data. :slight_smile:

Here we can see some projects that are currently underrepresented in this election.

Most underrepresented Eligible Voters % of voters - % of electorate
ja.wikipedia.org 3406 51 -3.234%
ru.wikipedia.org 2882 93 -0.971%
it.wikipedia.org 2030 62 -0.808%
zh.wikipedia.org 2301 76 -0.713%
ko.wikipedia.org 526 5 -0.601%
www.wikidata.org 713 20 -0.347%
hu.wikipedia.org 435 9 -0.325%
hy.wikipedia.org 177 2 -0.191%
en.wiktionary.org 263 6 -0.177%
vi.wikipedia.org 390 12 -0.152%
Largest electorates with no votes Eligible Voters Language
ms.wikipedia.org 52 0 Malay
de.wiktionary.org 36 0 German
it.wikisource.org 28 0 Italian
be-x-old.wikipedia.org 25 0 Belarusian (Taraškievica)
kk.wikipedia.org 25 0 Kazakh
as.wikipedia.org 24 0 Assamese
ba.wikipedia.org 23 0 Bashkir
cs.wiktionary.org 17 0 Czech
tt.wikipedia.org 17 0 Tatar
lb.wikipedia.org 16 0 Luxembourgish
Largest electorates with 1 vote only Eligible Voters Language
eu.wikipedia.org 82 1 Basque
gl.wikipedia.org 62 1 Galician
sl.wikipedia.org 59 1 Slovenian
eo.wikipedia.org 57 1 Esperanto
uz.wikipedia.org 56 1 Uzbek
be.wikipedia.org 40 1 Belarusian
hi.wikipedia.org 37 1 Hindi
en.wikiquote.org 36 1 English
ru.wiktionary.org 33 1 Russian
sq.wikipedia.org 27 1 Albanian

The 2022 Board of Trustees election Community Voting is about to close


The Community Voting period of the 2022 Board of Trustees election started on August 23, 2022, and will close on September 6, 2022 23:59 UTC. There’s still a chance to participate in this election. If you did not vote, please visit the SecurePoll voting page to vote now. To see about your voter eligibility, please visit the voter eligibility page. If you need help in making your decision, here are some helpful links:


Movement Strategy and Governance

Mahuton (WMF)


Thank you for asking! Wikipedia in Japanese data:

Most underrepresented Eligible Voters % of voters - % of electorate
ja.wikipedia.org 3406 65 -3.291%
ru.wikipedia.org 2882 121 -1.009%
zh.wikipedia.org 2301 96 -0.822%
ko.wikipedia.org 526 6 -0.617%
it.wikipedia.org 2030 94 -0.475%
www.wikidata.org 713 26 -0.355%
hu.wikipedia.org 435 15 -0.240%
vi.wikipedia.org 390 13 -0.227%
hy.wikipedia.org 177 3 -0.181%
sv.wikipedia.org 496 21 -0.169%
Lowest turnout (at least 100 eligible) Eligible Voters Turnout %
ko.wikipedia.org 526 6 1.141%
hy.wikipedia.org 177 3 1.695%
ja.wikipedia.org 3406 65 1.908%
da.wikipedia.org 143 3 2.098%
et.wikipedia.org 104 3 2.885%
no.wikipedia.org 229 7 3.057%
vi.wikipedia.org 390 13 3.333%
hu.wikipedia.org 435 15 3.448%
www.wikidata.org 713 26 3.647%
en.wiktionary.org 263 10 3.802%

Compared to a few days ago (see above) the number of votes has increased, but the % of votes compared with the rest has slightly decreased.

EDIT: @Omotecho HOWEVER, last year after 8 days of voting, Wikipedia in Japanese had 33 votes and now you have 65. This is a big improvement! On the other hand, the curve of votes last year was very interesting, and after an impressive final sprint the number of votes was 175 in the end. How will this compare with the results this year? (Gosh, why is it that Japanese stories are always interesting until the last minute?) :sweat_smile:


The videos of candidates’ responses to community questions are also on Youtube, with auto-translation available:


Hahaha, you hit the bull’s eye, yes, we have a saying “you pull up your heavy bottom” or “raise the mikoshi”; {{lang|ja|重い腰をあげる}} aka {{lang|ja|御輿をあげる}} in old saying, finally stand up and do what you feel obliged to. Mikoshi is a portable shrine for a festival, and not all people are allowed to join the pack of carriers, the selected ones.
Then why an avalanche of voters come running to cast theirs, at the last minute (?_?)
I am not sure if it applies here as long as election matters. Maybe the sensitivity against social pressure is so high tuned in our society-in-general, which is then mirrored to onwiki activities.

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Added coment here on jawp/VillagePump , summed up how I used Election Compass, Videos are now with captions in ja and you change settings.
Oops, seems that I should not change archived thread? Then where should I move my post to, on VillagePump/ja? Hint me please, thank you.


We have reached another important milestone!
More than 4,000 members of Wikimedia’s diverse communities have voted by Thursday evening (UTC) in the 2022 Board of Trustees election.

The polls will close on September 6 at 23:59 UTC.


That’s awesome! @Qgil-WMF thank you for this stats.

More than 5000 votes!

This is the final sprint! 32 hours left. Will more people vote this year than in 2021? You can follow the hourly stats at https://vote-tracker.toolforge.org/



コミュニティの声が届くことを、願っています。 :grinning:


@温厚知新さん、動画の題名をつけてくださり、ありがとうございました。私も即時集計ページをお知らせページに書きました。 vote-tracker.toolforge.org is now shared on w:ja:Annoucement {{lang-ja|お知らせ}}.


Will we reach the 6000 votes?
Let’s continue the outreach in our communities.

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Some data, in case it helps for this final sprint:

Projects with the potential to play the “We are underrepresented!” card today:

Most underrepresented Eligible Voters % of voters - % of electorate
ja.wikipedia.org 3621 93 -3.684%
en.wikipedia.org 23817 1819 -2.495%
zh.wikipedia.org 2375 143 -0.940%
ru.wikipedia.org 2948 193 -0.888%
ko.wikipedia.org 542 15 -0.532%
pt.wikipedia.org 1138 71 -0.406%
www.wikidata.org 762 43 -0.353%
vi.wikipedia.org 399 22 -0.194%
sv.wikipedia.org 505 31 -0.189%
hu.wikipedia.org 439 26 -0.182%

Projects that last year had significantly more voters, and maybe some of them can be reached out today:

Biggest decrease in turnout (50+ eligible) 2021 turnout 2022 turnout Change
ca.wikipedia.org 36.337% 13.030% -23.31
ta.wikipedia.org 25.243% 7.576% -17.67
uk.wikipedia.org 22.434% 9.206% -13.23
ml.wikipedia.org 25.490% 13.559% -11.93
eu.wikipedia.org 12.987% 2.381% -10.61
cs.wikipedia.org 19.355% 9.550% -9.81
mk.wikipedia.org 14.894% 5.769% -9.12
ms.wikipedia.org 10.870% 1.754% -9.12
sl.wikipedia.org 12.329% 3.279% -9.05
meta.wikimedia.org 22.787% 13.776% -9.01

Updated -24 hrs due hours at [ VillagePump/ja] at jawp: 5955 was the tally. Congrats!

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Here is a message from the Elections Committee:

Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election! Voting closed September 6 at 23:59. The official data, including the two most voted candidates, will be announced on or after September 21st. Please note these will be preliminary results. The official announcement of the new trustees will happen later, once the candidates have been approved and appointed by the Board.

5,955 community members from 194 wiki projects have voted. This makes 8.8% global participation. In 2021, 6,946 people from 216 wiki projects cast their vote. A full analysis is planned to be published when the results are announced. In the meantime, you can check the data produced during the election.

Diversity was an important goal with these elections. Messages about the Board of Trustees election were translated into about 40 languages thanks to election volunteers and community members.


The Elections Committee


During the election process, statistical information were be posted on the Meta page. The Movement Strategy and Governance team has shared additional statistics after the voting period concluded.

Among the available stats, there are:

  • Total voter number compared to 2015, 2017 and 2021 elections;
  • Votes by period compared to 2015, 2017 and 2021 elections;
  • Running difference in the number of votes between the 2022 and 2021 elections.

The data can be accessed on Meta-wiki


Wikimedia Foundation elections/2022/Stats#Additional data is now live! :tada:

In this article, you can find extended eligibility statistics for the 2022 Board of Trustees election Community Voting period. This data set differentiates between three different categories of voters:

  • home wiki voters”: voters whose home wiki value is set to this project
  • +most edited voters”: additional voters where this project was their most edited project as of 5 July 2022
  • +qualifying voters”: additional voters who had 20 edits at this project between 5 January 2022 and 5 July 2022

The data has been sourced and prepared by the Movement Strategy and Governance team.

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Hi all!

This year’s board elections ended with lower global voter participation than in 2021. To learn more and to understand better why that is, available data of the elections in 2021 and 2022 have been explored, leading to some conclusions.

Read more about it here: Thoughts on the reduced turnout in the 2022 WMF board elections

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