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.

2024 Annual Meeting

April 17, 2024
Riverdale Regional Park

4:30 p.m. | Registration, Dinner, & Balloting
6:30 p.m. | Business Meeting, Election Results, & Door Prizes

(Ballot box onsite, noon - 4 p.m.)

Director Election

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. Members can email elections to determine their director district. 

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 a director candidate application and written petition. Candidate applications and written petitions must state the name and district of the candidate, and must be signed by 15 or more United Power members. Members may email elections to request a director candidate application and petition.

For more information on United Power's director election and candidate qualifications, please refer to our bylaws.

The 2024 Director Candidate application and petition process is now closed. The official slate of candidates running for the United Power Board of Directors will be posted on Feb. 16, 2024.

United Power’s members elect directors to the Board by secret ballot and the results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on April 17. Occasionally, ballot questions regarding cooperative business or policies may also be presented to the members for consideration. 

The 2024 ballot includes the election of a candidate to the Board of Directors in each director district and a ballot question proposing an amendment to the cooperative’s bylaws. 

2024 Director Candidates

Districts Mountain, North, Central, and South are up for three-year terms. 

Mountain District
Stephen Whiteside (Incumbent)
        
North District
Brian A. McCormick (Incumbent)

Central District
Tim Erickson (Incumbent)
Paige Wagner-Maul

South District    
Brad Case (Incumbent)

Bylaw Ballot Question

The following question will appear on the 2024 ballot. A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of changing the bylaws, and a “no” vote is a vote against changing the bylaws. Members can view the cooperative’s current bylaws here.

Shall there be an amendment to Article 4, Section 4 of the Bylaws of United Power, Inc. to lengthen the term a Director holds office from three (3) years to four (4) years?

4.04 Term: Each Director, except as provided in Section 4.07, shall be elected to hold office for a term of three (3) four (4) years, or until his or her successor has been elected and qualified. The terms of the directors shall be staggered so that the tenure of not more than one (1) Director from each district expires each year. The tenure of office of all Directors shall be subject to the provisions of these Bylaws.

2024 Ballot Packet


Meet the Candidates 

United Power will host a Meet the Candidates event where members can hear from each of the candidates vying to serve on the Board of Directors. This event is free to members. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are not required. 

Candidates will be given the opportunity to deliver prepared remarks, followed by a question and answer session. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2024

5:30 p.m. Doors Open
6:00 p.m. Event Begins

United Power Headquarters Office
500 Cooperative Way, Brighton, CO 80603

The Meet the Candidates event will be livestreamed and recorded. It will be available to view on the cooperative's website following the event. 

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.

  • January 18, 2024
    • Director Candidate Applications & Petitions are due at noon.
  • March 15, 2024
    • Electronic balloting opens & paper ballots are mailed.
  • April 16, 2024
    • Mail-in ballots must arrive by 11:59 a.m.
    • Electronic balloting closes at 11:59 a.m.
  • April 17, 2024
    • Noon - 4 p.m. - Ballot drop box available at Riverdale Regional Park
    • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Registration and in-person voting open

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

  1. Login to your United Power online account via the website or the mobile app.
  2. Click “Vote Now” on the online account home screen.
  3. Click “Go to Ballot” after reviewing the voting instructions.
  4. Select one candidate in each district and click “Go to Ballot Confirmation.”
  5. Review your completed ballot and click “Change Votes” to edit, or click “Submit Ballot” to complete your vote.
  6. Your ballot is now complete. Enter your email on this final confirmation screen to have a confirmation emailed to you.

Voting by Mail Ballot

  1. Vote your ballot ensuring you have selected one candidate in each district.
  2. Place your ballot in the secret ballot envelope (optional).
  3. Place your ballot in the business reply envelope.
  4. 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).
  5. 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, 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.

Ballot Counting

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.