2022 Annual Meeting and Trustee Elections

Posted: January 10, 2022 at 4:06 pm
We heard you! In 2022, we’re changing our Annual Meeting and trustee election process based upon member feedback. We’re making voting more accessible to every member, reducing the meeting length and travel time required to visit with candidates in-person, and drastically reducing costs associated with the Annual Meeting.

How are we doing this?

  1. Mail-in voting
  2. Two Meet the Candidate meetings
  3. A virtual Annual Meeting to report election results, the state of the co-op, and grand prize winners.

How can you participate?

  1. Request a mail-in ballot between February 1 and March 31 on SmartHub, by calling 863-946-6200 during normal business hours, or stop by one of our offices to submit a request to receive a ballot by mail. (See details below to request via SmartHub.)
  2. Ballots will be mailed to members beginning March 17. Be sure to return your ballot using the provided envelope and mail it in time to arrive at the Minnesota return address by April 18.
  3. If you are interested in visiting with Trustee candidates in person, attend one of our Meet the Candidate meetings.
    • March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Lake Placid at the Genesis Center, 218 E. Belleview St.
    • March 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Moore Haven at the Moore Haven Middle-High School Auditorium
  4. Watch our virtual 2022 Annual Meeting via video posted on this webpage on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

What’s in it for you?

  1. Members returning a ballot will receive a $5 bill credit in May.
  2. Members returning a ballot will be entered into our grand prize drawing to win one of three prizes: bill credits in the amount of $1,000, $1,500, and $2,500.
  3. The opportunity to exercise your participation in the democratic member control of your electric cooperative.

What’s on the ballot?

  1. Trustee candidates for District 1 (Moore Haven); District 3 (Ortona/Palmdale); District 4 (Lakeport/Brighton) For current Trustee info, click here. 2022 candidate nominations by petition close on February 20, 2022. Check back here for 2022 candidate bios after nominations close.
  2. Proposed bylaw revisions modify the timeframe for publication of the Annual Meeting notice to align with Florida Statues, modify the timeframe for nominations by petition to accommodate publishing deadlines for the official notice, and bring Article XII, Amendments into alignment with Article III, Section 5 changes approved by GEC membership in 2021. Click here for the text of the proposed bylaw revisions. These will also be published in the April issue of Florida Currents.
  3. Approval of 2021 Annual Meeting minutes.

How do you request a ballot on SmartHub?

In the SmartHub app: At the bottom of the app choose More; Contact Us; Report an Outage/Issue; Other Issues/General Inquiry; Request a Ballot

On the SmartHub website: Select Contact Us; Report an Outage/Issue; Other Issues/General Inquiry. On the Inquiry Type dropdown menu, select Request a Ballot.

BALLOT REQUESTS WILL ONLY BE MAILED TO THE MAILING ADDRESS ON FILE WITH THE COOPERATIVE.

What else do you need to know?

  1. Ballot requests can be submitted at the Meet the Candidate meetings, but all voting will occur by mail-in ballot only.
  2. Attendance at the Meet the Candidate meetings is not required to request a ballot.
  3. Members calling or visiting a GEC office to request a ballot will be required to verify their identity. Only the member on file can request a ballot.
  4. Ballots will only be mailed to the mailing address on file with the cooperative.
  5. Continue to check this webpage for updates and look for our official Annual Meeting notice in the April issue of Florida Currents.
  6. Questions? Email communications@gladeselectric.com or call 863-946-6200.

2022 Ballot Issue Information

2022 Candidate Bios:

Coming soon, after nominations by petition close on February 20, 2022. Want to know more about nominations? Visit https://www.gladeselectric.com/about-us/board-of-trustees/.

Proposed Bylaw Revisions:

Click here for a PDF of proposed bylaw revisions on the 2022 ballot.

2021 Annual Meeting Minutes:

Click here for a PDF of the 2021 Annual Meeting minutes on the 2022 ballot for approval.