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United Power members have the unique opportunity to have a say in the future of their electric cooperative. Each year our members’ votes in the director election determine who will represent them on the co-op’s Board of Directors. United Power invites participation from its members. Members have a finger on the pulse of their communities and understand what’s important to them. As an electric utility, your participation in the annual election is critical to helping the co-op better serve its members.

Every Vote Matters Equally

United Power is a not-for-profit cooperative owned and controlled by the members it serves. When you become a member, you automatically receive the benefits all other members share, including the right to vote for board representation. Your vote always matters. As a member, your vote carries equal weight as any other member’s vote, regardless of what kind of account they have or how large it is. This is a cooperative principle known as “one member, one vote.” Director candidates must also live within United Power’s service territory, so you know you’ll be voting for someone who understands your community’s needs. They could even be your friends or neighbors.

Running for a Board Position

The primary difference between an investor-owned utility (IOU) and cooperative is democratic control. IOUs make decisions to appease stakeholders and shareholders who might not live in the same state, let alone the same community. Any United Power member in good standing is eligible to run for a position on the cooperative’s eleven-member Board of Directors. Directors serve three-year terms in one of four geographical districts. Although directors must live in one of these districts, members vote on an “at-large” basis, explained in more detail next.

Voting in the Election

The cooperative mails director ballots in March and encourages all members to cast votes in the election. This year, members may also participate in the director election electronically through their online account. Although directors live in a specific geographic district, they represent all members and are therefore elected on an “at-large” basis. This means members may cast a vote for a director in each district and not just their own. Directors serve in geographic districts to ensure adequate accessibility for members and to provide a representative cross-section of United Power’s members in their leadership role. Learn more about voting policy at

Your vote always matters. To learn more about a director candidate, consider attending one of our Meet the Candidate events. Candidate statements are available online now on our Annual Meeting page. 

2022 Director Election

This year, three positions on United Power’s board are up for election at the 2022 Annual Meeting & Director Election, scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

The director candidates are Steven “Steve” Douglas, Naptali A. Lucks and Elizabeth “Beth” A. Martin in the East District; Keith Alquist in the South District; and Ursula J. Morgan in the West District.

Members may submit ballots electronically, drop paper ballots off at one of the cooperative’s office locations or via mail-in. More information about how members may submit their ballot can be found on the Annual Meeting page.