The voting process for 2016 General Conference delegates at the 2015 Annual Conference ran into problems with wifi connectivity, causing several ballots to be retaken. Subsequent analysis of the voting reports by the conference showed discrepancies with the presentations of ballot results displayed during the voting process. These discrepancies involved the total number of voters listed on the subsequent reports not matching those displayed, and discrepancies in the total number of votes cast in each ballot. Upon further examination it was discovered that these discrepancies were caused by cross-voting (clergy voting for laity, and laity voting for clergy). Under voting and over voting were also discovered which should not have been permitted. There is also a possibility that issues with wifi connectivity may not have allowed all votes cast to be recorded.
Thus, while the delegation that was chosen may represent the intent of the body despite the discrepancies, the election results cannot be certified because of the discrepancies. Since the Book of Discipline requires that the election of General Conference delegates be “fair and open” (paragraph 13.2), we will need to hold a new election at the 2015 Adjourned Session.
The Adjourned Session will be held November 14, 2015 at the Macungie campus of Bethany UMC, 3801 Brookside Road, Macungie, PA 18062.
Please register online, as walk-ins are discouraged due to the issuing of voting devices. No lunch will be provided, but snacks/water will be available at registration. You are welcome, however, to bring your own bag lunch if desired. Visit the Adjourned Session Event Page on our Conference Calendar for the most up-to-date registration information.
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Judge of Elections