Annual Meeting to be Held Virtually
Join us for our first-ever “telephone town hall” Virtual Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. — the same time and date as our original event. Any member is invited to participate over the phone for an update on our 2019 accomplishments and annual financial report, the results of the annual director election, and of course, we will offer door prizes to registered members on the call.
2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Pre-Registration is Required
- Registered members will receive a phone call on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.
- Free, virtual format conducted over the phone. No computer, internet or software required.
- All Registered members who participate in the call are eligible for a $10 Bill Credit
- Door prizes to those participating include $100 grocery gift cards and $100 bill credits, to name a few.
Director Election Moving to Mail-In Balloting Only
Ballots were mailed to all members on March 13 and your ballot packet includes your official ballot, candidate statements, and a postage-paid envelope to return your ballot. The annual director election will proceed as planned, with these changes:
- Meet the Candidate forums have been canceled. Learn more about the candidates by reading the candidate statements in the informational packet included with your ballot.
- Return Ballots via US Mail. There will be no ballot drop boxes and no in-person balloting this year. Please return your ballots in the postage-paid envelope. We recommend mailing your ballot by April 10th to ensure you meet the deadline to have your vote counted.
- Our Election Credentials Committee will work virtually. To keep our volunteer members of the ECC healthy and safe, they will meet regularly through a virtual platform to oversee ballot validation in collaboration with our certified balloting firm Survey & Ballot Systems.
United Power’s members elect their board by secret ballot at the Annual Meeting of Members held each spring. United Power’s board members, elected at-large, serve three-year, staggered terms, and serve from specific geographic districts within the United Power service area. There are currently four director districts: West, East, South and Mountain. Your district appears in the top box on the right hand side of your bill. View the director district map.
Unlike governmental elections, not all registered voters in the household can vote in the United Power elections. Members have one vote for each membership (account) with United Power. Only the person whose name is on the United Power account is eligible to vote. Members who are unclear of their membership or account status are urged to call United Power’s Member Services department at 303-637-1300 for verification.
To be eligible to become or remain a director, a person must be a United Power member and receive electric service from United Power at the member’s primary residence in the district he or she represents. A director cannot be engaged in a competing enterprise or in other businesses involving a conflict of interest. United Power’s bylaws provide in-depth information on director districts, qualifications, terms, elections, meetings and officers.
Nominations by written petition must state the name and district of the nominee and must be signed by 15 or more United Power members. Petitions are available at United Power’s headquarters office in Brighton. Additional information may be obtained by calling United Power’s Executive Department at 303-659-0551. We ask any member interested in nomination to complete a biographical request form, available through the Executive Department.
It is important to note that United Power directors are elected on an ‘at-large’ basis, meaning that members should cast a vote for one director in each district, regardless of where the member lives. This election policy is in place because directors represent all members, as well as the overall welfare of the cooperative. Directors serve from geographic districts to ensure adequate accessibility for members and a representative cross-section of the membership on the board.
Voting Your Ballot
- Vote your ballot ensuring you have selected one candidate in each district.
- Place your ballot in the secret ballot envelope (optional).
- Place your ballot in the business reply envelope.
- Sign the back of the business reply envelope (State law requires the member’s signature for the ballot to be valid).
- Mail your ballot postpaid, or drop in a ballot drop box located at any United Power office. Members can also vote in person by attending the Annual Meeting.
Signing Your Ballot
When signing your ballot envelope, please follow these instructions carefully:
- If the membership is owned by a human being, that person should sign his or her name on the top line as it appears on the label.
- If the membership is owned jointly, only one of the joint owners needs to sign.
- If the membership is owned by a corporation, partnership, or other legal entity, including the estate of a deceased person, the person signing must place his or her signature on the first line and indicate his or her title or lawful representative capacity on the second line. For example:
- A person signing for a partnership should sign “John Doe” on the top line and “Partner” on the second line.
- A person signing for a corporation should sign “John Doe” on the top line and “President” (or other office) on the second line;
- A person signing for a trade name should sign “John Doe” on the top line, and “owner” on the second line;
- If the member is deceased, the personal representative of the estate should sign their name on the top line, and state “Jane Doe, Personal Representative of the estate of John Doe,” on the second line;
- If a person is unable to write a signature, his or her mark will be accepted if a witness is present and signs “John Doe is unable to sign, but made his or her mark as his or her intended signature in my presence. Jane Doe, witness.
Survey and Ballot Systems, a reputable election organization and verification service, will be tabulating all ballots. Ballots are mailed directly to Survey and Ballot Systems’ post office box. To be valid, mail ballots must be received at the post office box by the deadline listed in the ballot packet. Proxy voting is not permitted by state law.
To protect the confidentiality of your vote, the business reply envelope will remain sealed until the Annual Meeting when it will be opened and counted by the Election/Credentials Committee. Tabulated ballots and return envelopes will remain sealed thereafter.
February 14, 2020
Director Nominations by Petition Deadline at 4 p.m.
March 13, 2020
Ballots mailed to members
April 14, 2020
Mail-in Ballots must arrive at the P.O. Box by 6 a.m.
Attend a Meet the Candidate Forum
Due to the growing threat of the coronavirus, Meet the Candidate events have been canceled.
Each year, United Power hosts candidate forums for members who wish to hear from director candidates in person. All United Power members are welcome to attend Meet the Candidates events held throughout the service territory. Meet the Candidate events are free, and light refreshments are served. RSVPs are not required.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 6:30 p.m.
Carbon Valley Service Center
9586 E I-25 Frontage Road, Longmont, CO 80504
Friday, March 20, 2020 | 7:30 a.m.
Coal Creek Canyon Community Center
3158 Highway 72, Golden, CO 80403
Monday, March 23, 2020 | 6:30 p.m.
Riverdale Regional Park Rendezvous Room, located in Waymire Dome
9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO 80601
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 7:30 a.m.
Fort Lupton Recreation Center Multi-Purpose Room 3
203 S. Harrison Ave, Fort Lupton, CO 80621
Results from the 2020 Director Election will be posted here after the election on April 15.
ECConference Call Dates & Times:
Tuesday, March 31 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 7 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 14 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 15 – Time to be Determined with Survey and Ballot Systems