Dear CSM7 members,
there is a huge elephant in the room concerning the election of the CSM8. It’s turnout. As I am sure you understand better than anybody, a decent turnout for the election is crucial for the legitimacy of the CSM as an organ of player representation.
It appears (please correct me if this a wrong impression) that this year CCP will again leave it mostly to the player base to ensure that everybody knows about the election, is informed about the candidates and participates in the voting. Therefore, I call on you as our current representatives to continue to do everything in your power to spread the word and motivate the whole electorate to turn out. Most of you are in the comfortable position of not having to run a campaign this time, which liberates you to serve the community by championing the process itself. I urge you to throw in your weight with CCP to make them provide tools to disseminate the information through the game client as much as possible. For example, it would be great if one could distribute campaign flyers as in-game items, similar to the NEO trading cards we got for christmas. Each candidate could (after surviving the primaries) be given a set of blueprints from which to print his flyer (1 veldspar per copy?). Those items could be dumped in containers at the Jita undock, sold on the market, contracted to corporations etc. It’s just one way of doing it and I believe you will come up with many more ideas.
Please ask CCP for support in this! You are uniquely positioned to ensure a well legitimated continuation of your work. The best way to make all you have achieved for the CSM last and count is to ensure a good turnout for your successor’s election.