Why did YVEA decide to add this new way to vote?

There were a few reasons behind why our Board of Directors wanted to move to this new alternative:

  • Accessibility: We realize not all members have the time to mail back a ballot or drop off a ballot. This electronic way allows more people to vote on the Board of Directors without having to leave home.
  • Participation: On average, we have seen a little more than 10% of our membership vote in these elections. We see great importance for all members to have a say in who their elected officials are, and we hope this will increase voter turnout. Electronic voting will protect the cooperative business model's basic principle and empower members with continued local control over their electric coop.