They're electing a President and Vice-President this year. The position lasts for three years. The ten candidates are...
- Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the current Vice-President.
- Archbishop Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia
- Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles
- Archbishop Lori of Baltimore
- Archbishop Vigneron of Detroit
- Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans
- Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City
- Archbishop Wenski of Miami
- Archbishop Wester of Santa Fe
- Bishop Flores of Brownsville
I have heard of the four Archbishops who I put first on the list. I haven't heard of any of the other candidates before.
The way the election works is that they have a vote. If nobody gets over 50%, they have a second vote. If nobody gets over 50%, everyone drops out, except for the top two candidates. Then, they have a third vote. I don't know what they'd do, if the third vote tied.
There are five other elections, for various committees. I looked at the ballot, and again, it's mostly people I haven't heard of before. The exception is the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, which is a vote between Bishop Robert Barron and Bishop Frank Caggiano. They're both good people, who I follow on Facebook. I imagine they were nominated, in part because they're good at using things like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the modern world at large.