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inside your co•op


Published for members of Choctaw Electric Cooperative august 2016


A supplement to Oklahoma Living. INSIDE


Gearing up for the meeting. page 2


Annual Meeting is a casserole. page 4


Many ways to pay your bill. page 5


Apps that help you save energy. page 6


How to check a dead outlet. page 7


Third Party To Run CEC Elections Independent voting firm ensures co-op elections remain fair


T


o ensure fair governance for all members,


Choctaw Electric is handing


its election process to a third party this year. E Space Communications is an independent company that manages elections for over 150 cooperatives across the country. The company created Co-op Ballot, a platform of election services and voting options for cooperatives.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) members will vote on trustees and bylaw changes at the CEC Annual Meeting on September 24. Choosing an independent third party to handle the upcoming elections protects the integrity of the voting process for members and co-op employees alike.


Unlike previous years, CEC employees will not assist or participate in any part of the election process. All stages of the election including tabulating, cross checking and counting ballots will be handled by Co- op Ballot and its employees.


Other enhancements to the CEC election process this year include the option to vote via mail-in ballot.


Co-op Ballot will mail voting packets to all CEC members on August 25. The packets will contain a summary of proposed bylaw changes, mail-in ballots, instructions for submitting ballots by mail, and return envelopes.


For members in Districts A, B, C, G, H and I , the packet will include a mail-in ballot for the trustee election.


MAIL-IN VOTING


Members who choose the mail- in option are reminded:


• Mail-in ballots must be mailed using the return envelope found in the voting packet.


• Mail-in ballots must be received on or before September 23.


• Mail-in ballots must be mailed to be valid.Do not bring ballots to the CEC office.


• Members must use the mail-in ballot in their voting packet. Mail-in ballots will not be available at CEC.


• Mail in ballots will include a unique election PIN and a member signature is required.


ANNUAL MEETING VOTING


Members who choose to vote at the CEC Annual Meeting will receive a paper ballot when they register at the meeting. The ballot must include your CEC account number and signature to be valid.


Voting at the annual meeting will close at 10 am so please arrive in plenty of time to vote.


If you have questions about mail-in ballots or your upcoming CEC elections, please call CEC member services at 800-780-6486, ext. 241, 207 or 209.


Other important points to remember about the annual meeting election procedure include:


• Joint members may vote on behalf of the primary member.


• Members who join the co- op before September 23 are eligible to vote, however, only those members who join by September 13 will receive a mail-in ballot. Others must vote at the CEC Annual Meeting.


Whether you cast your ballot at the CEC Annual Meeting or choose to vote by mail, all co-op members are encouraged to participate in these important elections. Your electric co-op elections give every member an equal opportunity to exercise their rights as an owner of the cooperative. Please don't take this privilege for granted.


YOURVOTE COUNTS


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CEC


CEC ELECTIONS


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