President Nomination Process
Each voting congregation of our Synod may nominate one or two rostered ordained ministers for the office of President (Synod Bylaw 3.12.2). Nomination ballots for the President/First Vice-President will be mailed in October 2015 to all voting congregations. (For more information on the nominating process see 2013 Handbook, Bylaw 3.12.2.)
President Voting Process
Four weeks prior to the national convention, the Secretary of the Synod, using lists of delegates in attendance at the prior year’s district conventions as submitted by the secretaries of the districts, shall provide, via a secure and verifiable method, opportunity for two voting delegates from each congregation in attendance at the previous district conventions who remain members of the congregations they represented to vote for one of the three candidates for President. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, another vote will take place. (For more information on the voting process, see the 2013 Handbook, Bylaw 126.96.36.199.)
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Voters List Maintenance Forms
During the time that the Presidential Election Voters List is created (at district conventions) until the list is used (four weeks prior to the Synod convention), maintaining the accuracy and reliability of the list will be extremely important.
Because substitute voters may be selected by congregations when district convention delegates are no longer available, a SUBSTITUTE VOTER FORM is being provided to report all official substitutions. The submission of a printed copy of the form that provides all requested information, including the signatures of two congregation officers, must be mailed to the LCMS Office of the Secretary at the address provided at the bottom of the form for all such substitutions.
Because voters’ email, mailing, and residential addresses can change in a year’s time, an UPDATE FORM is being provided to facilitate such contact information changes. A printed copy of this form that provides the changed information and includes the voter’s signature must be mailed to the Synod’s Rosters and Statistics Department at the address provided at the bottom of the form for all such changes.