Blue envelopes containing a proxy voting form have been mailed to Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s members. The form enables members who are unable or choose not to attend Bluebonnet’s Annual Meeting to vote by proxy.
“Democratic control is one of the benefits of being a member of a co-op,” said Will Holford, Bluebonnet’s manager of public affairs. “Voting by proxy gives our members who don’t attend our annual meeting a voice in co-op elections. This year, members will elect four directors and vote on two referendum issues that could change how future elections are conducted. We encourage all members to participate in this year’s election – either by proxy or by voting at the Annual Meeting in May.”
Bluebonnet is governed by an 11-member board of directors elected by its members. Directors serve staggered, three-year terms and one-third of the board is up for election each year. Three incumbent directors are up for election this year and are unopposed in their respective races. Two candidates are vying to fill an open seat in District 3 in Bastrop County.
Two referendum issues are also on the proxy and ballot for this year’s election. The first issue asks members to decide whether to continue to vote for candidates regardless of the district they’re running to represent, or whether they will vote only for candidates running in the district where the member’s meter is located. The second issue asks members to decide whether or not to continue voting by proxy in future elections, beginning in 2014.
Look for more information on the candidates running in this year’s director election, the two referendum issues on this year’s ballot and how to vote by proxy in the April and May issues of Texas Co-op Power magazine or go to Bluebonnet’s website.
This year’s two-sided proxy form looks different from previous years. On the front side, Bluebonnet members will assign their proxy to Bluebonnet’s proxy committee or another individual and can restrict the proxy by marking which candidates for whom their proxy must vote. On the back of the form, members must mark how they want their proxy to vote on each referendum issue for their vote to be counted.
For assistance with voting by proxy, call Election Services Corporation, the independent, third-party that administers Bluebonnet’s elections, at 866-720-4357 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Bluebonnet’s Annual Meeting call 800-842-7708 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email email@example.com.
Completed proxy forms must be mailed to Election Service Corporation at the address on the form, postmarked no later than May 7, or returned to one of Bluebonnet’s member service centers in Bastrop, Brenham, Giddings, Lockhart or Manor by 5:30 p.m., May 7.
Bluebonnet’s Annual Meeting is May 14, at the Sons of Hermann Hall, 1031 CR 223, in Giddings. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 2:30 p.m.