Nomination and Election Processes

Nominations
2016 Convention Nominations

What is the process for nominations?

The Handbook (2013) describes the procedures for the Synod to follow for the submission of nominations to various positions. The nomination process is not the same for all positions. Some convention-elected positions require regional representation, and the nominee must have residence within the region of which the position requires representation.

Access the links below for further details regarding the nomination process for each position.

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What is the process for regional nominations?

The purpose of positions requiring regional representation is to improve communications and coordination of functions throughout Synod. Positions elected at convention, that require regional representation are:

  • Regional Vice-Presidents (second through sixth)
  • Regional lay member of the LCMS Board of Directors
  • The members of the Boards for National and International Mission

In 2010 the Synod restructured and established the requirement for some officer, board and commission positions to have regional representation. The Synod divides itself into regions to accommodate regional nominations and elections. See map below. The Board of Directors of the Synod and the Council of Presidents acting jointly designated five geographic regions (2013 Handbook, Bylaw 3.12.1).

An individual must reside within the designated region to be eligible for nomination to that regional position (Bylaw 3.12.2.7[a]).

Learn more: Nomination Process for Regional Vice-Presidents and all other Regional Positions

 

LCMS districts are used for regional elections.

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Elections
2016 Convention Elections

What is the process for elections?

The election process varies for each elected position. The voting process for the position of President begins four weeks prior to the convention. At least two weeks prior to convention, the results of the Presidential election are announced by the Secretary of the Synod.

The position of First Vice-President, regional vice-presidents, Secretary, and boards and commissions member positions are elected at convention. The Committee on Elections (Bylaw 3.12.4—3.12.4.3) is appointed by the President and is responsible to make the necessary arrangements for the elections at convention and to supervise the election and tabulation of votes.

Access the links below for further details regarding the election process for each position.

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What is the process for Regional elections?

The Convention elected positions that require regional representation are:

  • Second to Sixth Vice-Presidents
  • Regional lay members of the LCMS Board of Directors
  • Members of the Boards for National and International Mission

The election process for all regional elections include the following aspects (Bylaw 3.12.2.7):

  • A separate election will take place for each elected regional position.
  • Will have no opportunity for floor nominations.
  • The five eligible individuals who receive the most nominating votes shall form the slate.
  • Voting delegates shall be entitled to vote for one of the candidates from each region.
  • If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast, the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be retained on the ballot.
  • Balloting shall continue with the candidate receiving the least number of votes eliminated until one candidate has received a majority of the votes cast.

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LCMS districts are used for regional elections.

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