This week saw the opening of the inaugural elections for at-large seats on the Audit Subcommittee of the Arbitration Committee.
The Audit Subcommittee (AUSC), which is responsible for investigating complaints concerning the use of CheckUser and Oversight privileges on the English Wikipedia, was established in April of this year as part of the Arbitration Committee's overall effort to delegate certain tasks to subsidiary groups. The initial appointments to the subcommittee included three arbitrators (FloNight, John Vandenberg, and Roger Davies) as well as three non-arbitrators (Mackensen, Thatcher, and Tznkai). The arbitrator seats have subsequently been rotated among the members of the Committee, but the other three—intended to be merely interim appointments pending an election—have continued to be held by the initial appointees, as preparations for the election were repeatedly delayed by the emergence of higher-priority matters.
In early October, the Arbitration Committee finally announced that an election would be held in late October and early November, and solicited applications for Committee review. A slate of six candidates was approved for the three open seats:
Voting in the election began on 30 October, and is scheduled to continue until 23:59 8 November (UTC). Any registered editor with 150 main space edits prior to 1 October 2009 has franchise; the "SecurePoll" extension automatically accepts votes from editors meeting this criterion. Votes may be entered on the voting page.
The Arbitration Committee is expected to announce the results by 13 November, at which point the successful candidates will assume office.