A123 Amend House of Deputies Rule of Order XV on Requiring a Deacon on the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop

Resolved, The House of Deputies amend Rule of Order XV on Elections by adding a new Section D as follows:

XV: Elections

A. Nominations

1. The submission of the Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations to the General Convention of its nominees will automatically nominate those persons for any election to be conducted by the House.

2. Any two Deputies may nominate additional eligible persons to be conducted by the House.

3. Each nomination must be submitted to the Secretary, in a form adopted by the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations. The Secretary will publish all nominations by the end of the third legislative day.

4. All Nominations must be submitted by the adjournment of the third legislative day, except that:

i. nominations for the office of Vice President of the House must be submitted by the adjournment of the next legislative day after the election of the President of the House of Deputies has been completed.

5. No nominating speeches will be held for any office or position. In a contested election for President or Vice President of the House, a candidate forum may be organized by the Secretary to allow the nominees to give a brief speech and Deputies the opportunity to ask questions of the nominees.

B. Voting Requirements

1. All elections will be by individual secret ballot, paper or electronic, except where there are no more nominees than open seats, in which case a voice vote may be held at the discretion of the President.

2. A majority vote is required to elect unless the Constitution, Canons, or Rules of Order requires a different vote. In any election in which more than one position will be filled from the same pool of nominees, a majority is calculated based upon the number of voters who cast a ballot in that election.

3. On any ballot prepared by the Secretary, the candidates will be listed in alphabetical order by last name.

C. Balloting Procedures

1. In all elections in which there are eight or fewer nominees, the following voting procedure will be used if the election has not been completed:

ii. After the fifth ballot, the nominees will be reduced to one more than the number of vacancies to be filled in the election.

2. In all elections in which there are more than eight nominees, the following procedure will be used if the election has not been completed:

i. After the third ballot, the nominees will be reduced to four more nominees than the number of vacancies to be filled in the election; and

ii. After the fifth ballot, the nominees will be reduced to one more nominee than the number of vacancies to be filled in the election.

D. Special Rule for the Election of the Required Deacon to the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop

1. In the selection of the Clergy and Lay members of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop under Canon I.2.1.a, the House shall first elect a Deacon to the Committee. The nominees for this election shall include all the Deacons nominated.

2. After a Deacon has been elected under subsection 1, the House shall proceed to elect the remaining Clergy and Lay members of the Committee. The first ballot of the election for the remaining Clergy members shall include all Priest and Deacon nominees other than the Deacon elected under subsection 1 above.