Supervisor: Elections 2010 <>
Announced end of poll: 4/18/2010
Actual time poll closed: Sun Apr 18 20:58:08 2010
Private poll (24 authorized voters)
Actual votes cast: 23
Number of winning choices:
Condorcet completion rule:    (What is this?)
CIVS Ranked Pairs

Poll description


This e-mail has 2 important pieces of information:
1) Who the four candidates for the FSP Board of Directors are:
2) How/where/when to vote:

Fou r Candidates & their information:

Russell Kanning

I would like to join the board of directors of the FSP for a couple of reasons. I would like to represent a segment of the FSP participants (radical anti-government early movers). I also would like to help build up the Welcome Wagon presence of the FSP. I am not including a bio or a list of what I have done to promote the FSP over the last year. If the board or the voters don't know who I am and what I do, then they can just not nominate me or vote for me. :)

Rich Goldman
Bio: I'm a 26 year old resident of Maryland (the improperly, but officially, nicknamed "Free State") where I am a PhD candidate in Information Systems. I've been involved with the Free State Project for over 6 years. In that time, I've led the mid-Atlantic FSP local group which has tabled at dozens of events, raised over $1000, spoken at conferences and universities, and accumulated a mailing list of hundreds of people. I was also the Head Organizer of PorcFest 2007 and 2008. Currently, I focus on running FSP internet advertisements on Google and Facebook and generating content for the FSP homepage.

Why: I'd like to be on the Board of Directors so I can be a voice for those who believe our signup rate is advancing too slowly and that new or improved approaches are needed. In particular, I will encourage three things.

First, I will advocate that the FSP establish signup and fundraising milestones that will publicly challenge FSP participants and supporters to rise to the occasion. Our community has met public goals in the past and The Board needs to continue to set and support measurable goals to be worked towards in creative ways.

Second, I will insist that the FSP improve the infrastructure on our website to better support decentralized activism. Steps for conducting outreach, where to download or ask for materials and funding, how to contact an official facilitator, and where to discuss proposed recruitment activity should be clearer and more easily found on our homepage.

Third, I will promote greater communication between The Board and the community via monthly reports and discussion threads on the "Ask The Leadership" section of our forum. People should know who The Board is and The Board should feel a sense of public accountability to the FSP community.

The resources to implement these advances are already present, but to be realized require the leadership and persistence which I hope to bring to The Board.

Lou Eastman

Lucio (Lou) Saverio Eastman

Prior to moving to NH, I got involved in FSP related activism almost immediately after signing the statement of intent. One of the things I could do best outside of the state while considering my move was to help with Graphic/Web/Online support for the site and FSP events. After attending the first annual NH Liberty Forum, I moved to NH in May of 2007 as part of the First 1000 and attended my first PorcFest along with my daughter Eli.

Along with participating in the Ron Paul campaign, attending FSP social events and meetings, and other small contributions where possible, I took on the responsibility of organizing 3 litter pick ups along a 2 mile stretch of highway 101 in Peterborough. The stretch is "unofficially" adopted by the Free State Project and offers a great opportunity to be seen as an organization that is willing to do community service. I look forward to organizing them again starting in May of this year.

As a board member I intend to help the FSP gain new membership and grow by focusing on gaining favorable local public opinion through voluntary community service, friendship, image, marketing, branding, and activism.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to many more years of participation and activism.

Steve Villee
Steve grew up in the Boston area, and moved to Phoenix soon after getting a BA in Mathemetics. He became a software engineer, programming everything from mainframes to controller chips. For a while he lived in New York City, w here he attended the FSP state announcement event in October 2003. Two m onths later he moved to Berlin, NH. Since then he has served on the boar ds of Granite State Taxpayers and the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Bu t deep down he's really an agorist, and loves to promote his ideas abou t anonymous commerce. He's also an avid hiker and solar eclipse watc her.

How/ Where/ When to VoteThe election will be based on the Condorcet method. Voters will log onto the CIVS website after reciving this email with their ballot and vote for candidates in order of preference. 1 for the on e you want the most, 4 for the least, or no opinion if you have no opinion. You can give the same ranking to more than one candidate if you wish. The results of the ballots will be public, but no information that can tie the voter to their ballot will be kept by the server. More information on the Condorcet voting method can be found at:
and information about CIVS security can be found at You may vote between now & April 18. Voting closes at 8pm EST Sunday April 18th. In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by the flipping of an FSP silver roun d!


1. Rich Goldman  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. Lou Eastman  loses to Rich Goldman by 13–9
3. Tied:
Russell Kanning  loses to Rich Goldman by 11–8, loses to Lou Eastman by 12–7
Steve Villee  loses to Rich Goldman by 17–5, loses to Lou Eastman by 15–6

For simplicity, some details of the poll result are not shown.  

Result details

1. Rich Goldman   -13 11 17
2. Lou Eastman   9 -12 15
3. Russell Kanning   8 7 -11
4. Steve Villee   5 6 11 -

Ballot report

 Russell Kanning Rich Goldman Lou Eastman Steve Villee
1. 4 1 2 3
2. 2 3 1 4
3. 3 1 2 4
4. 1 2 4 3
5. 4 4 2 1
6. 3 1 3 4
7. 1 2 4 3
8. 1 2 3 4
9. 4 1 2 3
10. 1 4 2 3
11. 4 4 1 2
12. 1 4 3 2
13. 4 3 1 2
14. 1 2 1 4
15. 4 2 1 3
16. No opinion 1 No opinion 2
17. 4 1 4 2
18. 4 1 2 3
19. 4 1 3 2
20. 4 1 2 2
21. 4 1 2 3
22. 1 4 2 4
23. 1 1 2 3

Ballots are shown in a randomly generated order.

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The following matrix shows the strength of the strongest beatpath connecting each pair of choices. Choice 1 is ranked above choice 2 if there is a stronger beatpath leading from 1 to 2 than any leading from 2 to 1.
1. Rich Goldman   -13–9 12–7 17–5
2. Lou Eastman   . -12–7 15–6
3. Russell Kanning   . . -.
4. Steve Villee   . . . -