The 17th All-American Council was held for just one day, Tuesday, [[November 13]], 2012 (the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom), at the Holy Trinity Church, Parma, Ohio. The only order of business for this council was the election of a new primate of the Orthodox Church in America. No single candidate received the required two-thirds margin on the first ballot. On the second ballot, His Eminence, [[Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington|Archbishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania]] and His Grace, [[Michael (Dahulich) of New York|Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey]], received 317 and 355 votes respectively. The members of the [[Holy Synod]] retired into the altar where they elected Archbishop Tikhon.
On the first ballot, the two leading candidates were Bishop Michael 205, Archbishop Tikhon 118. Also receiving first ballot votes were, [[Melchisedek (Pleska) of Pittsburgh|Bishop Melchizedek]] 96, [[Nathaniel (Popp) of Detroit|Archbishop Nathaniel]] 49, [[Benjamin (Peterson) of San Francisco|]Archbishop Benjamin]] 23, Bishop Basil (Essey) 17, [[Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington|Metropolitan Jonah]] 17, [[Nikon (Liolin) of Boston|Archbishop Nikon]] 13, [[Mark (Forsberg) of Boston|Bishop Mark]] 9, [[Alexander (Golitzin) of Toledo|Bishop Alexander]] 8, [[Irénée (Rochon) of Quebec City|Bishop Irénée]] 5, Abbot Gerasim 3, Bishop Matthias 3, Fr. Alexander Pihach 3, Fr. David Mahaffey 3, Metropolitan Hilarion (ROCOR) 3, Archbishop Alejo 2, Abbot Sergius 1, Bishop Ireneiu 1, Bishop Seraphim (Sigrist) 1, Fr. Patrick Carpenter 1, Hieromonk Herman 1, Igumen Vladimir Wendling 1, and Metropolitan Philip 1. There were 6 invalid ballots , for a total of 590 votes.
On the second ballot: Bishop Michael 355, Archbishop Tikhon 317, Bishop Melchizedek 161, Archbishop Nathaniel 81, Bishop Mark 28, Archbishop Benjamin 23, Archbishop Nikon 23, Bishop Basil (Essey) 22, Bishop Alexander 20, Metropolitan Jonah 17, Bishop Irénée 15, Metropolitan Hilarion (ROCOR) 14, Bishop Matthias 9, Archbishop Alejo 8, Abbot Gerasim 6, Bishop Irineu 5, Fr. Alexander Pihach 4, Fr. David Mahaffey 3, Fr. Gerasimos 3, Archimandrite Meletios (Webber) 2, Brother Luke Dorrant 2, Fr. David Mezynski 2, Metropolitan Herman 2, Monk Mark Savros 2, [[Kyrill (Gundyayev) of Moscow|Patriarch Kyrill]] 2, Archimandrite Christopher Calin 1. Archimandrite Pitirim (Stehnach) 1, Bishop Seraphim (Sigrist) 1, Bishop Thomas (Antiochian) 1, Fr. Basil Summer 1, Fr. David Brum 1, Fr. John Chudik 1, Fr. Juvenaly Repass 1, Fr. Patrick Carpenter 1, Fr. Theodore Heckman 1, and Fr. Joseph Hoffman 1. There were 3 invalid votes.