Written by Lija Kaleps-Clark, Director of Land and Legal Services

As a Cooperative member, you have a voice in how your Cooperative is operated. The Board of Directors that manages the business and affairs of the Cooperative is elected by you, the member. Elections for The Energy Cooperative’s board of director positions are coming up soon. You will receive this year’s ballot by mail in early April. The results of the elections will be announced at the annual meeting on May 20, 2019.

Electronic Voting is Here!

This year we will be introducing electronic voting, which will allow members to vote for board of directors candidates online in addition to traditional mail-in paper ballots. The Energy Cooperative is working with Survey & Ballot Systems to offer electronic voting to make it easier for our members to vote. Electronic voting is a secure and easy way to vote. All members will receive a paper ballot by mail that will include a special code for voting electronically, giving members the option to vote online. You can easily vote through SmartHub or The Energy Cooperative’s website. Members will still be able to vote by mail-in paper ballot. More information about electronic voting will be available soon on our website and by mail. If you have any questions regarding electronic voting, please contact our member services department at 1-800-255-6815.

Interested in becoming a board member?

This year the Board of Director seats in Districts 3, 4 and 7 are up for election. To find out more about the Cooperative Districts, visit myenergycoop.com/board-of-directors. A letter will be mailed to all members in these three districts in January with instructions on submitting recommended nominations. If you would like to run for the board or know someone who you feel is qualified, please send in the postcard from the letter for their nomination. The candidates will then be interviewed by the nominating committee in late February or early March and, if nominated by the committee, the candidate will be added to the ballot. To run for the board, you must be an active member for the past three consecutive years and reside in the district you plan to represent. Additional qualifications and information on running for the Board are provided on our website and in the Code of Regulations. If you have any questions regarding the election process, please call our member services department at 1-800-255-6815 for more information.