Balloting and Election Information
Lay Delegates – 2016 UM Book of Discipline, Constitution, Paragraph 36. Article V
“The lay delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences shall b e elected by the lay members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding their election and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General and jurisdictional or central conferences.”
The self-nomination forms which are provided on this webpage are submitted for information only. These information forms allow the conference secretary and administrative personnel to construct an initial lay ballot for voting at annual conference. On the initial ballot and all subsequent ballots write-in candidates are permissible and will be assigned numbers in order to be included in further ballots. We will continue to accept self-nomination forms through mid-May to place on the webpage. After May 15 we will not be able to add forms to the webpage due to time constraints as we approach Annual Conference. Voting for Lay delegates to General and jurisdictional Conferences will be held during the plenary session on Thursday and Friday, June 6 & 7.
Clergy Delegates – 2016 UM Book of Discipline, Constitution, Paragraph 35. Article IV
“The clergy delegates to the General Conference and the jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected from the clergy members in full connection and shall be elected by the clergy members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference who are deacons and elders in full connection, associate members and those provisional members who have completed all of their educational requirements and local pastors who have completed course of study or an M. Div. degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election.”
All Rio Texas clergy eligible for election will be placed on an information sheet and assigned a voting number. The voting number will be entered on the voting device during each clergy ballot to record the votes and elect General and jurisdictional clergy delegates. Balloting will occur during plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday, June 6 & 7.