Northern Ireland likes to vote, and March's Assembly election will provide a much-needed fix of electioneering. But voting isn't limited to the world of politics.
Tonight it's the turn of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Ministers and representative elders from congregations across Ireland will gather at 21 regional Presbytery meetings to nominate the next Moderator. Now the CofI bishops had it easy as their voting list only had 11 names on it - the names of the bishops in the room.
However, tonight each Presbytery can in theory nominate any Presbyterian minister in Ireland to take over from the current Moderator Dr David Clarke at June's General Assembly.
Even with no official campaigning, the chance of a tie with 21 people each receiving a single vote is unlikely. Instead, the informal grapevine will have been working and each Presbytery is likely to nominate one of three or four people.
The normal pattern is that a runner-up from the previous year will often receive most votes the year. But with Jimmy Johnston - one of last's years two runners-up - ruling himself out, that leaves the 2007 race wide open.
Alf McCreary, the Belfast Telegraph's religious columnist, is well known for keeping his ear to the ground, and suggests that the names in the frame this year include:
- John Finlay (Harryville, Ballymena)
- Donald Patton (Old Church, Randalstown)
- Wifred Orr (St John's, Newtownbreda)
We'll know the answer by 9.30pm tonight … unless it goes to a tie like in 2004 when Ken Newell and Harry Uprichard both received 11 nominations.
Update: the results are out