Proposed bylaw changes make elections more economical & efficient
The St. Croix Electric Cooperative Board and Management Team are proposing several Bylaw revisions for adoption by the members at the Annual Meeting to be held Saturday, April 13 beginning at 9:35 a.m. in the Commons at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond.
Keeping in mind Cooperative Principle #2: Democratic Member Control, the amendments are intended to make it easier for members to run for and elect Directors, as well as streamlining the process to make it more economical and efficient.
Full details of the Proposed Amendments will appear in the 2018 Annual Report and Notice of Annual Meeting to be mailed March 29. Information will also be available online at scecnet.net.
“We do not have plans now to implement electronic voting, but the proposed change will allow us to consider it as an option,” CEO Brian Zelenak said. “Electronic voting wasn’t contemplated at the time the bylaws were originally drafted.”
The changes could apply to any matter where mail ballots are permitted, including (but not limited to) election of directors. The Board could decide in any case to limit absentee voting to mail ballots or to allow both mail and electronic voting. By law, before allowing electronic voting the Board would have to make sure authentication procedures are in place to ensure the member is actually the one submitting the electronic vote.
Current Bylaws require the Board to appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of three members selected at random from each district from which a director is to be elected (usually three districts each year) who nominate a slate of candidates at a meeting. Candidates not nominated by the Committee may petition for candidacy by collecting 15 member signatures within five days from the adjournment of the meeting.
The proposed amendment would generally rely on petitions requiring 10 signatures, and a Nominating Committee would only be appointed and convened if no petitions were filed for a district.
“The intent is to have a more efficient and effective process for producing nominees and to better encourage member participation,” Board Chair Bill Peavey said.
Amendments would allow for a simplified election process in uncontested races. The Board could choose to still mail ballots to members (which is the process now, regardless of the number of candidates in a district), it would also have the option of simply asking the members at the annual meeting to ratify the election of the candidate by unanimous consent or voice vote, to save time and expense.