I'm probably ok with your proposal, certainly on letting the Council vote on the open-closed ballot issue; if we decide to close the ballot, the final process may need a little discussion in Council. I will have to think about Alan's suggestion on absentee balloting in light of the actual attendance in Seoul; having just suffered through a week of flu, things don’t always occur as planned.
I will add a personal view, with an open ballot on group leadership and in a close ballot which I expect this to be; it could possibly change how the ballot comes out. Maybe for the best, but my 25 years serving on public planning/development/land-use commissions is that it is not usually the best. Kristina already mentioned potential personal conflicts as a result of an open ballot which I’ve seen before. In my case as an NCA, I have little concern that way but likely for some SG members and possibly candidates, it may make for a hard decision. All items I have read over the years and my experience, shows that a percentage of folks will vote differently, especially when selecting leaders, whether the ballot is open or closed due to the external and personal pressures that then exist.
Now that said, I would have a very hard time voting to hold closed votes on almost anything other than leadership selection that comes to mind; in fact nothing does at the moment.
Strictly from a personal point of view:
I have raised this issue on the RySG list and am waiting their direction. In the end I will respond to the poll in accordance with that direction and not my personal views.