Board Elections

Director Election

San Miguel Power members elect their board of directors by secret ballot at the Annual Meeting of Members held each summer or by mail-in vote. Board members are elected from the membership, by the membership. They are chosen from seven different districts within SMPA's service territory. Each district contains approximately 1,500 members and votes for their specific director representative. SMPA's board members serve four-year terms.  View the director district map.

Election Info. Why Vote?

SMPA directors have the responsibility of setting the strategic direction for the cooperative. Directors are required to represent the membership on a fair and impartial basis for the best interest of all members and attend regularly scheduled board meetings. Attendance at national, state and local meetings, where the interest of San Miguel Power is concerned, is often necessary as well.

The 2022 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for June 9, 2022

This year, the Annual Meeting will be a live, streaming virtual event, held on June 9th beginning at 5 PM. The meeting will take place at the SMPA Office in Nucla and the public will be invited to participate virtually.

Online voting will be closed at 12:00 PM MT, June 8th, 2022.  This day will also be the last day for paper ballots to be received by mail or in ballot boxes at our Ridgway or Nucla offices lobbies.

See the Election Information Flyer

This year, the Board seats up for election are District #3, including parts of Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Dolores and San Juan Counties including Dunton, Norwood, Placerville, Rico and Sawpit, and District #6, including part of Ouray County including Ridgway and much of Log Hill Village.  If you reside in one of these two districts, you may be eligible to vote in the Board Election.  You may also be eligible to become a candidate.  See the above information sheet for more information.

 

 

Voting Options

All SMPA members have the right to vote for the director representative in their district and to run for election in their district.  Members elect their board of directors by secret ballot.  Several balloting options are available.

To assure your election-specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox on or around May 16, 2022, simply add the following email address as an approved sender noreply@directvote.net. (See Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo! Instructions.)You can also access your e-ballot on your SmartHub web or mobile app.

Those District #3 & #6 members for whom we have an email on file have the option of receiving a paperless ballot.  They may express their wish for this option on the Voter Intent Survey, which will be emailed in the last week of April.  To insure that you receive this survey, please add the following email address as an approved sender noreply@directvote.net. (See Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo! Instructions.)

For those District #3 & #6 members who don’t opt-out of a paper ballot in the Voter Intent Survey, paper ballots will be mailed in mid-May. Mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED by the close of business on June 8, 2022.

All Paper Ballots: The voter's signature must correspond to the name on the account. (This name is shown on the outside envelope in which all voting materials are enclosed.) Ballots of joint memberships may be signed by either party. For voting members other than individuals, signatures should include a title.

Ballots may be dropped off at either the SMPA Ridgway Office at 720 N. Railroad St. or at the office in Nucla at 170 W 10th Ave. Ballot boxes will be removed at the close of business on June 8, 2022.

All Paper Ballots: The voter's signature must correspond to the name on the account. (This name is shown on the outside envelope in which all voting materials are enclosed.) Ballots of joint memberships may be signed by either party. For voting members other than individuals, signatures should include a title.

Election Schedule
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February, 2022:
Notice of Right to Nominate Directors in District #3 and District #6.

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March, 2022:
Nomination packets available for pick up via email or at SMPA offices.

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April, 7 2022:
Nomination packets (Petitions with 15 or more valid member signatures) DUE.

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April 25, 2022:
Date of Record (Members who join or who make changes to primary account after this date may not be eligible to vote in 2022.)

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Before May 20, 2022:
Completed petitions available for public review.

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Mid-May, 2022:
Ballots mailed to members in Districts #3 and #6 where an election is contested.  Online voting opens att 8 AM, May 16.

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June 8, 2022:
Mail-in and e-ballot deadline.  Online voting closes at 12 PM. Mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED by close of business.

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June 9, 2022:  ELECTION AND ANNUAL MEETING
A virtual event.  See www.smpa.com to register. (Election results announced.)

 

Voting Options

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