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REC Criticized for Handling of Member Proxy Ballots

16 July 2019 Luray/Page County Front Royal/Warren County Frederick County Clarke County News

The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has come under fire from a grass-roots coalition over its handling of proxy ballots for this year’s Board of Directors election.

Repower REC, made up of concerned REC member-owners and advertising itself as a group promoting transparency, sent a letter to REC President and CEO Kent Farmer last Monday (7/8/2019). It criticized REC for distributing and collecting proxy ballots for its ongoing Board of Directors election in its offices from members who had come to pay their bills, and called on the cooperative to disclose how many ballots it has collected and what it’s done with them. Repower REC characterized the practice as “circumventing the secure process” where ballots are mailed to an independent vendor. In a Monday (7/15/2019) email, REC stated that “if a member wishes to submit his or her proxy designation card at our local offices, [we are] offering a convenient means of doing so,” and that  “there is no encouragement provided as to whom the proxy should be assigned.”

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