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PEP 8102 -- 2021 Term steering council election

Title:2021 Term steering council election
Author:Ewa Jodlowska <ewa at>, Ernest W. Durbin III <ewdurbin at>, Joe Carey <joe at>
Sponsor:Brett Cannon <brett at>


This document describes the schedule and other details of the December 2020 election for the Python steering council, as specified in PEP 13. This is the steering council election for the 2021 term.

Election Administration

The steering council appointed the Python Software Foundation Director of Infrastructure, Ernest W. Durbin III, and Accouting Manager, Joe Carey, to coadminster the election.

Python Software Foundation Executive Director, Ewa Jodlowska, will communicate announcements regarding the election.


There will be a two-week nomination period, followed by a two-week vote.

The nomination period was: November 1, 2020 through November 16, 2020 12:00 UTC (The end of November 15, 2020 Anywhere on Earth). As announced on python-committers, and took place on

The voting period is: December 1, 2020 12:00 UTC through December 16, 2020 12:00 UTC (The end of December 15, 2020 Anywhere on Earth).


Candidates must be nominated by a core team member. If the candidate is a core team member, they may nominate themselves.

Nominees (in alphabetical order):

Withdrawn nominations:

  • None

Voter Roll

All active Python core team members are eligible to vote. Active status is determined as described in PEP 13 and implemented via the software at python/voters [1].

Ballots will be distributed based on the The Python Voter Roll for this election [1].

While this file is not public as it contains private email addresses, the Complete Voter Roll by name will be made available when the roll is created.

Election Implementation

The election will be conducted using the Helios Voting Service.


Short name: 2021-python-steering-council

Name: 2021 Python Steering Council Election

Description: Election for the Python steering council, as specified in PEP 13. This is steering council election for the 2021 term.

type: Election

Use voter aliases: [X]

Randomize answer order: [X]

Private: [X]

Help Email Address:

Voting starts at: December 1, 2021 00:00 UTC

Voting ends at: December 16, 2021 12:00 UTC

This will create an election in which:

  • Voting is not open to the public, only those on the Voter Roll may participate. Ballots will be emailed when voting starts.
  • Candidates are presented in random order, to help avoid bias.
  • Voter identities and ballots are protected against cryptographic advances.


Question 1

Select between 0 and - (approval) answers. Result Type: absolute

Question: Select candidates for the Python Steering Council

Answer #1 - #N: Candidates from Candidates_ Section


Of ?? eligible voters, ?? cast ballots.

The top five vote-getters are:

  • voting
  • has
  • not
  • yet
  • completed

No conflict of interest as defined in PEP 13 were observed.


Conflicts of interest as defined in PEP 13 were observed:

  • Candidate X, Candidate Y, and Candidate Z are employed by Corporation A

They were resolved as follows:

  • Candidate Y with the lowest vote tally of the three was disqualified and Candidate A with 6th highest vote tally replaced them as 5th member of the council.

The full vote counts are as follows:

Candidate Votes Received
Vote not yet complete  

Complete Voter Roll

Active Python core developers

Roll not yet finalized
[1](1, 2) This repository is private and accessible only to Python Core Developers, administrators, and Python Software Foundation Staff as it contains personal email addresses.