The single greatest event at this year's congress will be the adoption of absentee voting. The first item on the agenda for delegates attending the congress this year will be an extensive proposal by the LifeRing By-Laws committee to allow for absentee voting on all issues decided by congress. Delegates will be able to vote for Board members, propose directives, vote on proposed directives, and nominate Board candidates without physically attending the congress.
The voting system used will be a single pass majoritarian system with a form of ranked choice voting. There will be five candidates running for four seats. Delegates will be asked to select their preferences ranking the candidates.
Each LifeRing meeting around the world is entitled to one delegate. No delegate can accumulate more than one vote. Meetings should select their delegate through some form of democratic process. Either an acclamation or roll call are examples of how this can be done. The convenor is the default delegate for institutional meetings. Open meetings may select the convenor or any other qualified delegate.