The Ven Michael Thompson addresses voting irregularities at Synod.
Today we discovered that the electronic voting system we were using miscoded my electronic file. I was listed, and my vote was counted, as a lay person instead of a priest. This one vote changed the outcome of resolution A051-R2—the resolution to amend the marriage canon.
This vote has been difficult for many, and no outcome can address all of our church’s need to live and work together.
We have a long road ahead to restore our common life.
In the meantime, the whole church has three years to consider and comment on this matter. In 2019, the resolution will come to the General Synod for second reading.
Yours in Christ,
The Ven. Dr. Michael Thompson
The Anglican Church of Canada