Lodge Election Guidance

The General Governor’s Office wishes to propose updated guidance for the nomination and election of Lodge Officers. Previously, through MI Official Communications, the Office has communicated: 1) no elections are to proceed due to the pandemic, state governmental mandates and CDC gathering restrictions, and 2) all officers elected for or appointed during the 2019-2020 Lodge year will have their term extended, and will remain in office until July 1, 2020.

The General Governor’s Office wishes to supplement its guidance for the nomination and election of Lodge Officers for the 2020-2021 Lodge year:

  • A reminder, all elections held this year before June 1, 2020 will be declared invalid.
  • All officers elected for or appointed during the 2019-2020 Lodge year will remain in office until July 1, 2020, OR until their successor is duly elected (if later).
  • Nomination Committee meetings may continue and elections may occur any time after June 1, 2020.

If the Lodge has re-opened by June 1st, the Lodge will have two (2) months from opening to nominate and elect their Board of Officers. All officers’ terms may begin July 1, 2020, or the date of election if later, and shall run through April 30, 2021.

If the Lodge has not opened by June 1st, the Lodge will have two (2) months from opening to nominate and elect their Board of Officers. Officer terms shall begin on the date of election, and shall run through April 30, 2021.

  • The General Governor’s Office will issue a blanket dispensation for the use of the Australian ballot, without the necessity of a majority Lodge vote for this year only.
  • There will be no dispensation for electronic voting at this time.
  • Officer training requirements will be 60 days from day Lodge officers take office.

We ask all Lodges to re-familiarize themselves with the ELECTION OF LODGE OFFICERS HANDBOOK as to the proper running of an Australian ballot and other election proceedings.

Lodges please contact your Territory Manager for more details if needed.