Get ready to vote, June 22-25 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Starting this Saturday, thousands of LCMS pastors and laypeople will be voting for President of the Synod. The election of the LCMS President is being done in a much different way this time around: online, ahead of the convention, and with a different set of electors.

Due to a restructuring change adopted at the 2010 convention, this time it will not be the delegates to the 2013 national convention who will do the voting. Rather, it will be the pastoral and lay delegates from each congregation who attended their 2012 district convention. Everyone who fits that description should have received an envelope recently with voting instructions enclosed. (If you did not receive your envelope, or lost it, you should contact Secretary Hartwig’s office immediately.) The instructions tell you the internet address to go to, as well as the Election Code and the Voting PIN you will need in order to cast your vote. You will have a window of four days within which to cast your vote: from 12:01 a.m. (Central), on Saturday, June 22, through 11:59 p.m. (Central), on Tuesday, June 25. (Just in case a winner is not elected on the first ballot, electors should save their voting instructions for a possible second ballot one week later.)

The candidates on the ballot for Synod President are the three who received the most nominating votes:
* Incumbent Synod President, Matthew C. Harrison (1,111 nominating votes)
* Incumbent First Vice-President, Herbert C. Mueller, Jr. (140 nominating votes)
* Michigan District President, David P. E. Maier (126 nominating votes)

Harrison, Mueller, and Maier:


Comments

Get ready to vote, June 22-25 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 7 Comments

  1. I’ll be curious to see if pushing the voting down to a more local level will bring out the Confessional nature of the LCMS.

    It seems with my experience in the ELCA – the further away from the local churches you get, the nuttier it gets.

  2. @Joshua #2

    From page 183 of the constitution/bylaws (found on http://lcms.org/ccm):

    Two weeks prior to the convention, the Secretary shall notify the candidates of the results of the ballots. He shall thereafter also make the results known to the public. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be recognized as elected.

  3. There’s an odd twist, though. Two weeks prior to the convention is July 6. And yet if there is a run-off, “the LCMS.org site will publish that information on June 27, 2013.” Does this mean that if there’s no announcement on June 27 then we know that an election has been made, but we won’t know the results for another 10 days?

  4. Mark: Does this mean that if there’s no announcement on June 27 then we know that an election has been made, but we won’t know the results for another 10 days?

    If there’s no announcement on June 27 of a second vote being needed, then, yes, an election will have been made. But I thnk we’ll have a pretty good idea of who the winner is.

    The bylaw is poorly thought-out. Indeed, the whole procedure is rather dumb. I voted against it at the Houston convention. But, since we have it for this go-round at least, I will be sure to cast my vote on Saturday.

  5. If you were your congregation’s pastoral or lay delegate to the district convention in 2012, you are eligible to vote now for synod president. The voting closes at midnight tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Have you voted yet? Has the other delegate from your congregation? What about other eligible voters you know? Could you ask them if they have voted?

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