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SDCEA Ballots for Board of Directors Go Out Beginning May 1

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) announced this week that it is making it easier than ever for members to vote in the 2023 board of directors election. For the first time in the history of the cooperative, members may vote by mail or online in the upcoming election.

Starting May 1, ballots will be mailed out to all members of the cooperative with instructions on how to cast a ballot online or by mailing their vote in. Members and voting delegates with current email addresses on file with the cooperative will also receive an email with voting instructions.

All ballots must be received by election company Survey & Ballot Systems, or cast online by 1:00 p.m., June 8 to ensure they are counted. The election will be completed on June 12; therefore, no voting activities will take place at the annual meeting.

Voters are encouraged to take advantage of this new process, as each vote counts towards deciding who will become a part of the board of directors. With voting now more convenient than ever, SDCEA says that it is dedicated to making sure all members have the chance to make their voices heard.

“We are excited to offer this new option for our members to cast their votes for the board of directors,” said interim CEO Gary Kelly. “We understand the importance of every member’s vote and want to make sure the process is easy and accessible.”

SDCEA will sponsor board of director candidate forums from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 4 in Howard at Howard Hall; May 8 in Westcliffe at the Wet Mountain Saddle Club; and May 16 in Buena Vista at the SDCEA Community Room in conjunction with the League of Women Voters organization.

All candidates have been invited by SDCEA to attend these events.

Candidate question and answer columns are featured from all candidates on SDCEA’s website:  and in the May edition of Colorado Country Life magazine.

More information on how to cast a ballot in the SDCEA election may be found on the cooperative’s website:

SDCEA listening sessions will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in two locations: May 10 in Howard, at Howard Hall and May 15 at the Wet Mountain Saddle Club in Westcliffe.

SDCEA is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving 14,000 homes, businesses, farms, and ranches in Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Lake, and Saguache counties.