Voting & Elections
A fundamental part of the cooperative difference is that PEC is democratically controlled by its members. We embrace democracy through our annual Board of Directors election, in which PEC members elect other members to serve as directors, and in some years, in which members vote on proposed Co-op initiatives. Director candidates are nominated by members through a petition process.
Voting typically opens in May, and our members are able to submit ballots online, through the mail or in person at the PEC Annual Meeting, where elections conclude and voting results are announced each June.
On the 2014 Ballot Director Election
PEC members are voting this year to elect Board directors to serve a three-year term, 2014 – 2017, from Board Districts 2 (map) and 3 (map).
The following PEC members submitted nomination petitions by April 7 and are subject to review by the Qualifications Review Committee:
- William D. Boggs
- Emily Pataki
- Kathryn Scanlon
- Arnold LeVine
- Don Zimmerman
- Judy Pokorny
The Qualifications Review Committee will recommend nominations to the PEC Board of Directors, and the Board will announce the official candidates April 21. Election System Referendum
In addition to the annual PEC director election, our Board also has called for a member vote to consider which voting system PEC members would prefer to use in future Board director elections. This vote will be between the Co-op's current at-large system of voting and a single-member district voting system.
The PEC Board of Directors intends to pursue the implementation of whichever system the voting membership favors. This includes making necessary modifications to the Cooperative’s governing documents and urging lawmakers to implement any necessary changes to state law. PEC takes no official position for either system of electing directors.
The following chart and presentation outline some of the differences and similarities between the two election systems. Members are encouraged to review these items and to discuss the election system referendum with other members at our online forum.
Chart: Election System Considerations Comparison (click)
Note: The highlighted rows indicate differences.
|Consideration ||At-large voting (current system) ||Single-member
|Voting reach ||Members may vote to elect directors of all districts. ||Members may vote to elect their district’s director. |
|Voting frequency ||Members may vote each year to elect directors of any district up for election. ||Members may vote once every three years to elect their district’s director. |
|Means of maintaining democratic, equal voting strength ||Members’ voting strength is equal regardless of district size and population. Redistricting (and related costs) is not required to maintain equal voting strength. ||Equal member voting strength is maintained by redistricting (periodically adjusting district lines to balance the number of voters in each district). |
|Compliance with Texas Utilities Code ||Complies with Texas Utilities Code Sec. 161.070, which entitles all members present at a member meeting to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote at the meeting. ||PEC may need to work with state legislators to ensure compliance with Texas Utilities Code Sec. 161.070, which entitles all members present at a member meeting to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote at the meeting. In a single-member voting system, members attending an annual meeting would vote in the director election only if the director representing their district is up for election. |
|Costs to PEC and members ||Costs will be incurred each year to distribute ballots to the entire membership. The annual election requires a ballot to be printed and mailed to every Cooperative member. Also, periodic costs may be incurred to redistrict (adjust district lines) to balance the number of members in each district. || |
Costs may fluctuate from year to year based on whether ballots are mailed to the entire membership or only to districts with director elections. In some years, ballots will be mailed only to members in districts where an election is underway. Cooperative-wide mailings would be required in some years for membership-wide votes on other issues. Also, periodic costs may be incurred more frequently to redistrict (adjust district lines) to balance the number of voters in each district.
|Ballot referendums ||Members may vote on Co-op-wide ballot referendums, regardless of district. |
|Director nomination process ||Directors/candidates must maintain primary residence in the director district from which election is sought and are nominated by petition from members in that district. |
|Director fiduciary duties ||Directors have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of all Co-op members, regardless of district. |
|Director qualifications ||Directors/candidates must meet the director qualifications established in PEC’s Bylaws. |
|Democratic member control ||PEC members have the opportunity to participate in setting policies and making decisions. Members nominate and elect fellow members — through annual democratic elections — to serve on the PEC Board of Directors. Every member has an equal voice — one vote each — regardless of the number of meters they have or the amount of electricity they use. |
Presentation: Election System Considerations Comparison
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2014 PEC Election Timeline
- Jan. 21 – April 7 — Board director nomination-by-petition period.
- April 15 — Qualifications Review Committee meeting to review candidates' qualifications.
- April 21 — Board director candidates officially announced.
- April 24 — Election Forum at PEC headquarters in Johnson City.
- May 22 – 27 — Ballots, candidate biographies and notice of annual meeting mailed to members. Online and mail-in voting begins.
- June 13 — Online and mail-in voting ends.
- June 21 — In-person voting and election winners announced at PEC Annual Meeting.
Qualifications Review Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 15
Member comments at 9 a.m.
PEC headquarters, 201 South Avenue F, Johnson City
The Qualifications Review Committee will meet April 15 to review the qualifications of members (named above) who submitted nomination petitions by April 7 to become director candidates. Members are invited to attend the meeting and comment about candidates' qualifications.
The PEC members appointed by the Board to the Qualifications Review Committee are:
- Jim Camp, Manchaca
- Mark Ekrut, Jonestown
- Christina Lewis, Austin
- Vicki McCuistion, Wimberley
- Mary Ann Raesener, Marble Falls
- Pete Slover, Dripping Springs
Thursday, April 24, 5:30 p.m.
PEC headquarters, 201 South Avenue F, Johnson City
Members are invited to the election forum to learn more about their 2014 PEC Board candidates and to give feedback on the election system referendum on this year’s ballot. Each candidate will be given several minutes to present their views, and then all candidates will take questions in a moderated format. Members will have the opportunity to make statements about the election system referendum after the candidate portion of the event.
Ballots will be mailed to all PEC members by May 27 by Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), an independent election services company PEC has contracted with to manage balloting. Through June 13, members will be able to vote by mail by returning completed ballots to SBS using the included prepaid return envelopes, or they may vote online through SBS's secure website. Ballots will not be accepted at PEC offices. Members also will be able to vote in person at the PEC Annual Meeting June 21 in Cedar Park, where election results will be announced.