2018 Affirmation Presidential Election Plan

July 28, 2018

Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends

Following the announcement of the adoption of changes to the Affirmation Bylaws and Constitution, a call for presidential candidates was made during the 2018 Affirmation International Conference. The following is the plan for the 2018 Affirmation presidential election.

July 20th – First call for candidacy at the opening session of Conference, along with an explanation of deviation from Bylaws.

August 19th – Deadline for candidacy statements. To submit one’s candidacy for the presidency, you need to select two vice presidential candidates, and then submit your name with theirs to the corresponding secretary, Todd Richardson, at [email protected].

September 17th – Membership dues closed for voting. Not sure if you are a member of Affirmation? Click here to have your membership status emailed to you.

September 18th – Polls open via electronic voting. Members to receive a link to vote via email.

October 2nd – Polls close at 11:59 pm, Mountain Time.

October 3rd – Election committee meets to count the votes and determine the winner. Election committee sends an official email to the current Executive Committee and Board for certification.

October 10th – Results emailed to membership in the newsletter and posted on site.


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  1. Sue Raynes on August 1, 2018 at 9:24 PM

    How do we find out who is running?

    • Joel McDonald on August 3, 2018 at 2:05 PM

      Candidate statements have been published on the website and shared via social media and email in the past.

  2. Sue Raynes on August 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Thanks Joel. Has no one applied yet?

    • Joel McDonald on August 13, 2018 at 8:43 AM

      I’m not tracking applications.

  3. Greg on August 28, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Is there only one slate of candidates running?

    • Joel McDonald on August 28, 2018 at 3:36 PM

      Yes. Even though there is only one candidate, the process for the election will still be executed, though there will only be one candidate on the ballot. Polls will open on September 17th and Opavote will be used again for the election. Members of Affirmation will receive a link to vote via email.

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