Co-op to Host Virtual Annual Meeting

DEC's Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 11th 

Delaware Electric Cooperative has made the difficult decision to cancel the community fair and dinner associated with our annual meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, August 11th. While we are hopeful much of Delaware will be reopened by late summer, practicing safe social distancing at an event with 6,000 people would be nearly impossible. We had hoped by June, COVID-19 would no longer be spreading in our state. Unfortunately, Delawareans are still becoming ill and we decided to cancel the public portions of the annual meeting to keep our members safe and healthy. The annual meeting will now take place virtually. Members will be able to watch and listen to the business meeting and hear an update on the state of the Cooperative from President and CEO Bill Andrew. Specific instructions on how to participate in our virtual 2020 annual meeting will be included in the July newsletter and placed on our website, This year, four board directors are also up for re-election. Should there be a contested board election, Members will be able to vote in two ways. First, members will be able to safely vote in-person at our headquarters building in Greenwood.  In-person voting dates and times will be provided in the July newsletter. Members will also be able to vote electronically. Members with an email address on file with DEC will receive an email with a link to cast their ballot. Members without an email address, or those we can’t reach via email, will receive a letter in the mail with directions to vote online. All voting and virtual meeting information will be provided to members in July. We will miss seeing all of you in person this year. Hopefully, we’ll be able to celebrate our Co-op and the end of this pandemic at our 2021 annual meeting.

Elections will still take place for our board of directors. Petitions for candidates are due by June 11th. Below is important information for those considering running for DEc's Board of Directors. 

Article III
Section 3: Nomination and Election of Directors 

(a) Any fifteen (15) or more members, acting together, may nominate a qualified candidate from any district of the Cooperative from which there is to be elected a member of the Board of Directors at the next meeting of the members held for that purpose. Such petition shall be in writing, signed by the members presenting such petition, and filed at the principal office of the Cooperative not less than sixty (60) days prior to the meeting at which such election is to be held. The Secretary shall promptly cause such a petition to be posted at the principal office of the Cooperative and shall cause to be mailed with the notice of the meeting a statement of the number of directors to be elected and the names and addresses of the candidates, arranged by districts. Only candidates who have been nominated by petition in accordance with this section shall be eligible for election. The members may, at any meeting at which a director or directors shall be removed as hereinbefore provided, elect a successor or successors thereto without compliance with the foregoing provisions with respect to nominations, except that the new directors must be bona fide domiciliaries in the same district as the directors in respect of whom the vacancy occurs. Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, failure to comply with any of the provisions of this section, shall not affect, in any manner whatsoever, the validity of any election of directors. 

(b) Election of directors (and amendments to the bylaws) shall be by printed ballot or voting machines as determined by the Board of Directors; provided that if there are no contested directors’ seats and no proposed By-Law amendments, the election of directors may be conducted by voice vote or a show of hands. The ballots/voting machines shall list the candidates arranged by districts. Each member of the Cooperative present in person at the meeting shall be entitled to vote for one candidate from each district, for which a director is to be elected. The candidate from each district receiving the highest number of votes shall be considered elected as a director.

(c) In the event that the votes counted at any meeting of the members for the election of a Director or amendment of the By-Laws results in a tie vote, such tie vote shall be decided by secret ballot of those sitting directors physically present at the meeting; except that no incumbent director shall be permitted to cast a vote regarding his own re-election.