Civil society organizations within ICANN have been holding a vote on the adoption of a new charter to form the Noncommercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG). Today, it was announced that the charter was successfully ratified. Approval of the charter required that at least 60% of the entire membership of the Noncommercial stakeholders vote in favor of the charter. Of the total 314 votes possible, 225 votes were cast – a very good turnout that constitutes 72% of the total. Of the 225 votes cast, 215 voted in favor of the charter and only 10 votes were cast against it. That means that over 95% of the civil society groups involved in ICANN's GNSO support the proposed charter. ICANN's Board will now have to recognize that it's time to let the NCSG move forward as a community.