Board election voting begins on July 15
Remember to mark your calendar this month to vote in this year’s Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) Board of Directors election. Starting on July 15, members may vote online, request a paper ballot, or vote in person at the co-op’s annual meeting on August 27.
At this writing, the annual meeting will go on as scheduled, however, should the coronavirus situation worsen, please check the CREC website for updates on the meeting’s status.
This year, CREC members will decide director races in the following districts: Lincoln County District 1, St. Charles County Districts 4 and 5, and Warren County District 3. Two proposed bylaw changes will also be on the ballot.
Free electricity prizes will be awarded to winners drawn from the entire pool of voters — online, paper ballot and in-person. Prizes will be awarded in the week following the meeting, and winners will be contacted directly. Seventeen names will be drawn for free electricity prizes ranging from $200 to $1500.
The voting process is handled by the independent firm of Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS), based in Eden Prairie, Minn., who provides several ways for members to vote starting on July 15:
- Online voting – An email notice and a link to the online ballot site will be sent to members with a valid email address on file, OR members can visit www.directvote.net/crec/. PLEASE NOTE: access to online voting will NOT be available until July 15. You’ll need your member number (only the five or six digit number before the hyphen) and the ZIP code that appears in your billing address.
- Paper ballot – Members may request a paper ballot by calling 952-974-2339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The request for paper ballots should be made by August 13 to allow time for mail delivery.
Candidate bios can be viewed at the online voting site, or for those requesting a paper ballot, you’ll receive hard copy of the bios with your ballot. The bios will also be published in the August edition of the Current Times. If a member does not want to vote online or by paper ballot, they may attend the annual meeting on August 27 and vote in person.