Eligibility Determination for Delegates to Congress

-LifeRing Meeting Delegates

Every LifeRing meeting including local meetings, online meetings, and the email groups is entitled to one delegate, who will cast the group's vote in the general election. An absentee ballot will be emailed to the delegate, and the completed ballot is returned via email. Once the voting deadline passes, the votes are totaled, certified, and the results are announced on the website. The election is a 'representative democracy' so each delegate is elected by the meeting members. If you have the slightest interest in being a delegate, please let your meeting group know. Or if you want to suggest someone from your group, let your convenor know.

For meeting delegates to be eligible to vote in the LifeRing absentee election, you must register with the Registrar of Voters (registrar@lifering.org). Please register early to avoid any complications.

  • Delegates need to be a member of a LifeRing meeting (see definition of a LifeRing Meeting below*)

  • The Delegate must have 6 months of sobriety.

  • The Delegate is ideally selected democratically by the people who attend the meeting or appointed by the convenor, but if there is no preference or election, the convener may serve as the Delegate.

  • In order to vote in the Absentee Election, the Delegate must provide his or her full name, an email address where the eBallot is to be sent, and the basis for eligibility (which meeting are you representing) to the Registrar of Voter, registrar@lifering.org. You can also mail this information to the LifeRing Service Center. Please include a contact phone number or email address. The mailing address is listed on the website.

  • You must register no less than 10 days prior to Congress.

  • Once you have been credentialed (verified that you are representing a valid LifeRing meeting), you will receive an email from the Registrar of Voter indicating you are eligible to vote.

 

*5.1 The coming together of two or more persons for the purpose of sobriety, secularity, and self-help using the LifeRing name and principles constitutes a meeting of LifeRing Secular Recovery.

 

*6.6 In order to be eligible to designate a delegate to represent a LifeRing meeting at an Annual Congress and/or vote on behalf of the LifeRing meeting, the meeting shall be registered with LifeRing by submitting a request by email at service@lifering.org, or by mail at the mailing address listed on LifeRing’s website, or by other published methods of registration, at least forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Congress. [Added 2002 and amended 2017.]

-LifeRing Delegates at Large*

  • In order to vote in the Absentee Election, the Delegate at Large must provide his or her full name, an email address where the eBallot is to be sent, and the basis for eligibility (BOD member or a Regional Representative) to the Registrar of Voter, registrar@lifering.org. You can also mail this information to the LifeRing Service Center. Please include a contact phone number or email address. The mailing address is listed on the website.

  • You must register no less than 10 days prior to Congress.

  • Once you have been credentialed (verified that you are on the BOD or are a Regional Representative), you will receive an email from the Registrar of Voter indicating you are eligible to vote.

 

*6.8 In addition to delegates elected by LifeRing meetings, current members of the Board of Directors of LifeRing, Inc. (the “Board”), current LifeRing officers, and current LifeRing Regional Representatives (as defined below) shall be delegates to the Annual Congress. [Amended 2010.]

 

Election information is posted at www.lifering.org/congress.

The voting rules are posted here: www.lifering.org/congress/election-rules/.

 

For any questions, please email the LifeRing Voting Registrar at registrar@lifering.org.

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