Impact of Possibly Illegal Votes
The decision spells out what happened when complaints went to the Commission on the General Conference about some people who voted using phony credentials. The problem is that the flawed vote set up the final vote on the Traditionalists Plan and therefore may have meant that all the votes involved following were null and void.
Because the impact of the new legislation would fall on them, the Council of Bishops brought the request for a decision instead of the commission and added it to their already presented request on another matter in hopes of getting immediate action on it. The Council let them get its request in but chose not to make a decision at this session.
They did point out no one seems to have had the authority to deal with the complaints as the Discipline currently stands. In addition, they were concerned that there were no representatives from the commission who could have shed more light on what happened. They also noted that other interested parties were not apprised of the Bishops’ request and did not have a chance to participate on such short notice.
For all these reasons, the Council chose to defer the amended case until Spring 2020 to allow more parties to be involved, and to allow further research and documentation about how the various entities took authority to investigate and the implications of their findings.