Nominations and Elections

LCMS National Convention   |   July 20-25, 2019   |   Tampa, Florida


President


Nomination Process

Nominations for the Office of President ... shall be made by the member congregations of the Synod.

  • (a) Each member congregation shall be entitled to nominate from the clergy roster of the Synod two ordained ministers as candidates for president.
  • (b) The Secretary of the Synod shall provide a secure and verifiable method that will offer opportunity to every congregation of the Synod to submit nominations. (Bylaw 3.12.2)

Nomination ballots will be mailed to every member congregation on or about Oct. 20, 2018. The bylaw deadline for receipt of these nominations in the Office of the Secretary will be Feb. 20, 2019.

Nomination forms for the LCMS President will not be available online.

 

Presidential Election Voter Registration

At the 2016 convention, Bylaws 3.12.2.3–4 were amended to change how the Synod presidential voter list is formed. Previously, it had been composed of the list of district convention delegates; going forward, it will be assembled by direct communication of the Office of the Secretary with congregations or multi-congregation parishes, each of which will have the opportunity to designate a lay and (if not vacant) pastoral voter.

The Secretary of the Synod shall compile and maintain the voters list for the election of the President of the Synod. This list and any of its parts shall not be disseminated.

This list shall include:

  • 1) The pastor of each member congregation or multi-congregation parish
  • 2) A layperson from the congregation or parish

The congregation will be responsible to present to the Secretary of the Synod, 90 days prior to the election a proper credentials form provided by the Secretary, signed by two of the congregation’s officers. If a congregation or parish has more than one pastor eligible to vote, the congregation shall designate on the credentials form which pastor will cast a vote on behalf of the congregation.

If one or both delegates are unavailable, congregations shall be provided opportunity to select substitute voters up to a deadline designated by the Secretary. (Bylaw 3.12.2.3)

 

Voter Registrations

For the 2019 election, presidential election voter registrations will be accepted for the period beginning Oct. 25, 2018 through March 24, 2019. (March 24, 2019 is the 90-day prior deadline referred to in Bylaw 3.12.2.3.)

 

Voters List Maintenance Forms

During the time that the Presidential Election Voters List is created (Oct. 25, 2018 to March 24, 2019) until the list is used (four weeks prior to the Synod convention), maintaining the accuracy and reliability of the list will be extremely important. The deadline set for the voter registration changes is June 15, 2017 (7-days before the election).


Substitute Voter Form
— Because substitute voters may be selected by congregations when voters 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.

Substitute Voter Form (coming soon)

Voter Update Form — Because voters’ email, mailing, and residential addresses can change in a year’s time, a Voter 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 Statistics & Research Department at the address provided at the bottom of the form for all such changes.

Voter Update Form (coming soon)

 

Presidential Election Voter Information

When it is nearly time for the voters to cast their vote for the LCMS President, a special postcard will be sent to all voters via U.S. mail on or about June 7, 2019, to alert them to an envelope that will be sent from Election-America on or about June 10, 2019 via U.S. mail.

Sample Envelope

 

Election Process

Four weeks prior (June 22) to the national convention, the Secretary of the Synod, shall provide, via a secure and verifiable method, opportunity for two voting delegates from each congregation as determined according to Bylaw 3.12.2.3, to vote for one of the candidates for President.

It is important to understand that the 2016 convention amended Bylaws 3.12.2.3–4 to change how the Synod presidential voter list is formed. Previously, it had been composed of the list of district convention delegates; going forward, it will be assembled by direct communication of the Office of the Secretary with congregations or multi-congregation parishes, each of which will have the opportunity to designate a lay and (if not vacant) pastoral voter.

Therefore, the President voting delegate, who will vote for President, may or may not be the same individual:

  • Who attended your district’s convention
  • Who was selected by the electoral circuit to be the delegate to the national LCMS 2019 Convention

If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, another vote will take place in the same manner and at least two weeks (June 29) prior to convention.

Bylaws 3.12.2.3-4

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