You wouldn't have an election about your memory allocation scheme, you'd have a qualified person make a proposal and develop consensus based on discussion.
But Open Source projects, even reasonably large ones, have such complete ignorance of marketing that they give one of the most critical decisions, the selection of the project's visual trademark, to a vote of amateurs. Most of the voters have no concept of the relevant factors in selecting a mark that will help to draw attention to the product and communicate its important features, and will cement an association in the user's mind of the image and the product.
This happens over and over.
The only consolation this time is that Apache OpenOffice is irrelevant except perhaps as a source of code to be folded into LibreOffice.
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