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The Power of Your Vote

The 2020 EnergyUnited Board of Directors Election will begin on August 10, 2020 and end at 5pm on September 10, 2020. Members can vote by electronic mail ballot or by mail-in ballot.

Your vote in our election is your voice in your cooperative, a chance to weigh in on leaders who will represent you and your interests. Elected directors serve three-year terms.

Why Should I Vote?

Part of the value of being a member-owner of EnergyUnited is the opportunity to participate in the annual election of our board of directors and choose our cooperative’s leadership. The board of directors that you elect has the final say on all major decisions made by your cooperative, from the policies that are set to the rates we charge for electricity to overseeing the chief executive officer position that manages EnergyUnited’s daily operations.

How Do I Vote?

Members will receive a ballot either by mail or email. Members who have shared an email address with the cooperative will receive an electronic mail ballot on August 10. All other members will receive a mail-in ballot in the U.S. Mail sometime after August 10. If you choose to vote by mail-in ballot, you should return the ballot in the provided postage-paid envelope and send it directly to Survey and Ballot Systems. This year’s election opens on August 10 and closes September 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET. If you have not received an electronic mail ballot or a mail-in ballot by August 14, please contact Survey and Ballot Systems directly at 952-974-2339 or by email at support@directvote.net. To be eligible to vote, you must have been a member by July 27, 2020 in accordance with the cooperative’s bylaws.

When Do I Vote?

Voting will be open Monday, August 10, 2020. If you shared your email address with EnergyUnited, you will receive electronic mail ballot on August 10. Otherwise, you will be sent a mail-in ballot in the U.S. mail. Voting ends on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET. You can add or update your email address by logging into My Account on www.energyunited.com.

Nomination and Election Process

Members are nominated to be director candidates by the 2020 Nominating Committee (PDF) or by Member Petition. The EnergyUnited Board of Directors Election is independently administered by Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS). The Credentials and Election Committee certifies the EnergyUnited Board of Directors Election results and makes the final decision concerning any election related issue.

The 2020 Nominating Committee will meet at 6pm on Tuesday, June 9 via conference call. Dial-in number:  (866) 654-5574 – Conference code: 4781633545#

For more information on the cooperative’s Nominating Committee and Credentials & Election Committee, please refer to the cooperative’s website or Connect (the member newsletter included in each issue of Carolina Country magazine), and the Cooperative’s Bylaws. For more information on the independent administration of the EnergyUnited Board of Directors Election, please contact Survey and Ballot Systems at 952-974-2339 or by email at support@directvote.net.

Due to our commitment to social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage potential candidates to contact members of the 2020 Nominating Committee as opposed to pursuing signatures on a member petition. The member petition requires 250 signatures that must be collected in person. In consideration of the health of our members, we recommend simply contacting nominating committee members by phone instead to begin the process of becoming a candidate.

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EnergyUnited Board of Directors Election Timeline

Monday, April 6
Nomination period opens

Tuesday, June 9
Nominating Committee will meet at 6 p.m. via conference call.
Dial-in number:  (866) 654-5574
Conference code: 4781633545#

Wednesday, June 10
Nominating Committee nominations are posted at the cooperative’s headquarters

Thursday, June 11
Member Petitions must be submitted sometime on or before 5:00 pm ET (nominations by petition will be posted after validation)

Monday, August 10
Voting Begins

Thursday, September 10
Voting Ends

Thursday, September 17
Results of the EnergyUnited Board of Directors Election will be announced at the Annual meeting

*NOTE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some meetings may need to be conducted via phone, video or online communications.

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