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Voting Districts Change for TCEC Members

Brock Kappelmann - June 5, 2019 6:25 am

Voting Districts change
More equal representation for members
As a member of TCEC you are represented by a trustee on the cooperative’s board. Your trustee and voting district may have changed following a recent redistricting by the board of trustees.
 If you’re unsure which district is yours, the July electric bill has it at the top right corner of page two. You can also call us at 580-652-2418.
Democratic Member Control is number two of the seven universal cooperative principles. When the cooperative significantly grew in 2006, its population centers changed and the board districts were unbalanced. Over the years, the boundaries have been reviewed and changed slightly but this year’s changes are significant and should make the districts more equal from a population perspective.
The TCEC Bylaws outline voting districts and member representation. Below is how the Bylaws read today.
Section 4.02 Voting Districts of the Bylaws reads:
(A)  The territory served or to be served by the Cooperative shall be divided into nine
districts, each of which shall contain as nearly as possible the same number of
members. Each district shall be represented by one trustee.
(B)  Not less than 60 days before any meeting of the members at which trustees are to be
elected, the Board of Trustees shall review the composition of the districts. If it is
determined that inequalities in representation exist, the Board of Trustees shall
reconstitute the districts so that each shall contain as nearly as possible the same
number of members.
The Board will bring a proposed change before the membership at the annual meeting in September to better define how much the district membership composition can vary. The proposal is that the population of each district will not vary more than 10 percent from the other districts.
If you have questions about your board district or trustee, please call us at 580.652.2418.
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TCEC
 

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