Annual Meeting & Director Election
2023 Annual Meeting & Director Election
Every year, United Power hosts its Annual Meeting of Members to conduct the business of the cooperative, provide an annual update, and certify the results of the annual Director Election. Members are invited to attend for dinner, entertainment, presentations, and prizes. The meeting will also be livestreamed.
United Power encourages all members to participate in the 2023 Director Election. Balloting closes on April 11 for mail and electronic votes. Ballot boxes at United Power offices close at noon on April 12. The last opportunity to vote is in person on April 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. before the annual meeting begins.
The cooperative does not endorse or oppose the candidacy of an incumbent Board member or other candidate for a position on the Board (Corporate Policy C-02). Although members may be eligible to receive a door prize and attendance gift at the annual meeting, the cooperative does not incentivize voting in the Director Election.
2023 Director Election Results
|District M (Mountain)|
|Tamra "Tami" Waltemath...||5,918|
|District S (South)|
|Katherine "Kathy" Mills...||1,455|
|District W (West)|
|Virginia "Ginny" A. Buczek...||4,003|
|Thomas "Tom" Hogan...||2,510|
|District E (East)|
|Steven "Steve" Douglas...||3,614|
|Robert "Rob" Masden...||2,994|
$50 Gift Card Winners
|AMC...||John Sadowski, Broomfield|
|King Soopers...||David Hayden, Erie|
|Safeway...||Barbara Ellickson, Lochbuie|
|Lowe's...||Jeff White, Henderson|
|Cabela's||Jeanette Torres, Fort Lupton|
Skid School Safety Training
|Richard Coon, Thornton|
|Cindy Lippman, Brighton|
|Alice Smith, Broomfield|
**Gift cards and certificates mailed to winning members on April 14.
United Power’s members elect directors to the Board by secret ballot and the results are announced at the Annual Meeting of Members held each spring. United Power’s Board is comprised of eleven member-elected directors serving four geographic districts. Directors serve from geographic districts to ensure adequate accessibility for members, and to provide a representative cross-section of United Power’s member base in the cooperative’s governing body. Directors serve three-year, staggered terms.
A member’s district may be found on their monthly United Power billing statement.
View the director district map.
Unlike governmental elections, not all registered voters in the household can vote in co-op elections. Co-op members receive one vote for each membership with United Power, and only the person whose name is on the United Power account is eligible to complete the ballot. Members who are unclear of their membership or account status may call United Power’s Member Services Department at 303-637-1300 for verification.
Running for the Board
Eligible members interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors must submit nominations by written petition by the petition deadline published each year. 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 by contacting United Power’s Executive Department at 303-659-0551. We ask any member interested in nomination to complete a Board Candidate Packet, available through the Executive Department.
Qualifications to be eligible to become or remain a director are fully described in Section 4.03 of United Power’s bylaws.
The bylaws also provide in-depth information on director districts, terms, elections, meetings, and officers.
Vote in Each Director District
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 in the cooperative’s governing body.
Voting Electronically [How to Vote Electronically]
- Log in to your United Power online account via the website or the mobile app.
- Don’t have an online account? Register here.
- Don’t have an online account? Register here.
- Click “Vote Now” on the online account home screen.
- Click “Go to Ballot” after reviewing the voting instructions.
- Select one candidate in each district and click “Go to Ballot Confirmation.”
- Review your completed ballot and click “Change Votes” to edit, or click “Submit Ballot” to complete your vote.
- Your ballot is now complete. Enter your email on the final confirmation screen to have a confirmation emailed to you.
Voting by Mail 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. Please follow signature instructions carefully).
- Mail your ballot postpaid before the deadline listed in your ballot packet.
Signing Your Mail 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/by two or more persons, only one of the joint owners needs to sign.
- If the membership is owned by a corporation, partnership, or other legal entity, 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 membership is owned by a member who is deceased or the member needs assistance, the person signing must place his or her signature on the signature line and indicate his or her title or lawful representative capacity on the title line. For example:
- If the member is deceased, the personal representative of the estate should sign his or her name on the signature line, and state “Jane Doe, Personal Representative of the estate of John Doe,” on the title 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.