Petition 80109

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Advance Clergy Ballot (80109-MH-¶35-C)

Amend ¶35 by adding the following:
  
The Conference shall provide to all ordained ministerial members in full connection with the annual conference or provisional annual conference a sample ballot of those ministerial members qualified for election to General Conference at least 30 days prior to the beginning of Annual Conference.  Furthermore, a list of the rules that will be followed in the election of clergy to General Conference, such as how many votes will be necessary to be carried over to the first general ballot, will be included with this sample ballot.

Rationale

The same people are always elected to General Conference.  In Virginia, part of the problem is that we are rushed to vote on a clergy ballot we have not seen.  In addition, the rules of election over which we have no say-so, are heavily weighted toward the well-known.