We’ve already let our candidates, affiliate representatives and voting members know, but we also wanted to let the public know. This week we found a vulnerability in our voting processes that was exploited and had an impact on the outcome of the recent Board Election. That vulnerability has now been closed. OSI will engage an independent expert to do a forensic investigation to help us understand how this happened and put measures in place to keep it from ever happening again.
Because it is critical to the integrity of our elections process and the trust of our members and the public place in OSI, we’ve made a decision to rerun our 2021 board elections for both Individual and Affiliate seats. We do appreciate that this means extra time and attention from our candidates and from our voting members. For that, we are very sorry. We want to make absolutely sure that the Board Election accurately represents the will of our voters and in this instance, that means we must run it again.
New election starts: March 23rd, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. PDT
New election closes: April 2nd, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PDT
Your new ballot will again come from Helios. (The vulnerability was with an internal piece of our process, not Helios.) We sincerely hope you will take the time to vote again and help us choose our future board members.
Please know that the OSI is absolutely committed to transparency. When we better understand how this happened, we will share the details with you and the public.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Thank you for supporting the OSI,
Interim General Manager