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For over 80 years, Connexus Energy has been owned and governed by members like you. Your vote in our annual Board of Directors’ election is your voice in your cooperative.

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Annual Meeting

  • Due to COVID-19, the April 16, 2020, Annual Meeting will be modified to the announcement of the director elections as the single agenda item. Due to the precautions being taken to contain the spread of the virus, attendance will be limited to director candidates and board. Announcement of the results will be shared with the membership through various means following the meeting.
  • Reports on the business of the cooperative will be shared via our website and YouTube in April.

2020 Director Election

  • One director seat in each of Director Districts 1, 2, and 3 will be on the 2020 ballot.
  • Director qualifications are located in the cooperative’s bylaws.
  • Annual Meeting packets with ballots and information on how to vote will be mailed to members March 26.
  • Members may vote for directors by mail or online. Members are encouraged to vote by mail (must be received by April 16) or online (by 10:15 a.m. on April 16). Voting online requires your passcode on the green envelope included in your mailed Annual Meeting packet on March 26. There will be no in person voting in 2020.
  • View director candidate bios.

Privacy message to members

If you recently received a campaign-type call or text from a phone number that spoofs or references Connexus Energy, please be assured we never provide member information to ANY of our Board candidates. We guard your information and have a strict privacy policy in place. Member information is kept strictly confidential. Thank you to the members who have brought this issue to our attention.

Election FAQ's

Who votes in the cooperative’s director elections?

Cooperative members (individuals and businesses receiving electric service from Connexus Energy) are eligible to vote in director elections.

How long are director terms and when do they begin?

Director terms are for three years and begin immediately following the election results on April 16 this year.

Do I vote in all director districts?

Yes, voting is at-large. Therefore, all members are able to vote in all director districts. Directors are nominated by director district, but are elected at-large and serve all members.

Who nominates the director candidates?

Director candidates are nominated by members of the cooperative who serve on a Selection Committee appointed each year. These members are independent from the cooperative office and board. This committee reviews the director candidate applications and conducts in-person interviews prior to making nominations.

Candidates may also be placed on the ballot by member petition if they meet the bylaw qualifications for being a director.

How do I know who to vote for in the director election?

Candidate bios are provided in the mailed Annual Meeting voting packet and online.

When do I receive my ballot and Annual Meeting information?

At the end of March, the independent tabulation firm will mail out the ballots in the Annual Meeting packet to each member.

How do I vote in the director election?

You may vote online or by mail. Details to vote online and by mail are included in the Annual Meeting packet. Voting online requires your individual passcode included in the packet as a security measure (see “How do I know my vote is secure?”).

Who counts the votes in the director election?

An independent tabulation firm is hired by the cooperative to mail, receive, and tabulate the ballots.

What is the deadline to vote?

Paper ballots must arrive at the tabulation firm by April 16, 2020. Online votes must be placed by 10:15 a.m. on April 16, 2020.

What is the voter participation for Connexus Energy’s director elections?

Connexus Energy’s members participate in director elections at a rate above the national average of other large cooperatives (cooperatives with memberships between 94,000-190,000). In the 2019 election, 7.63% of Connexus’ members chose to vote. The national average participation of other large cooperatives has been 6.63% since 2015.

How do you encourage the members of the cooperative to vote in director elections?

The cooperative members are each mailed an Annual Meeting packet with a ballot to their home or business office. Members are notified and encouraged to participate in the elections through communications such as the cooperative’s website, emails, newsletter, social media, and newspapers.

Do the candidates or the cooperative office know who I vote for in the director elections?

No. An independent tabulation firm is used to mail, receive, and tabulate the ballots. The tabulation firm assigns a voting passcode to each member, which is printed on the return mailing envelope included in the member voting packets. The privacy ballot envelope is separated from the return mailing envelope with this passcode. Therefore, who votes and how they voted is separated in the process of receipt and tabulation by the firm.

The Minnesota State Statutes for cooperative elections directs this process, which the tabulation firm follows. None of the information on who voted in the election is provided to individuals outside the tabulation firm. This helps ensure fair and unbiased elections.

When and how are the ballots counted?

The independent tabulation firm provides a secure online voting system which tabulates the web votes when a member completes voting online. Therefore, online ballots are tabulated within their secure software system from the time ballots are received by members until the online deadline of 10:15 a.m. on April 16, 2020.

Mail-in paper ballots received by the tabulation firm are opened and processed/scanned based on the volume received each day from the time of the mailing of the ballots until the last post office pick-up made by the tabulation firm on April 16, 2020.


The tabulation firm calculates the total votes per candidate made online and by mail, and provides the results to the legal counsel to announce on April 16, 2020.

If the cooperative or tabulation firm has my email address, can we save paper and postage and just receive the information to vote electronically and not receive a packet in the mail?

The Minnesota State Statutes on cooperative elections state members must be mailed a ballot with a ballot privacy envelope and return mailing envelope to their residence. Therefore, while you may vote online, all members are mailed a voting packet to their home which includes members’ privacy passcodes to enter the online web voting system. It also ensures members receive their voting packets if they change their email address.

Why are there two separate envelopes in the Annual Meeting packet to send in my ballot?

In accordance with the Minnesota State Statutes, the independent tabulation firm for the election will separate the return mailing envelope with the member’s assigned privacy passcode (which the tabulation firm assigns) from the privacy ballot envelope which then separates the ballot with votes cast from the mailing envelope which tracks who voted. This is also a security measure to eliminate voting by more than one of the voting options.

Is it easier to drop my ballot off at the cooperative’s payment drop box and save the postage paid envelope?

Postage-paid and addressed mailing envelopes are provided with your ballot for easy return of your ballot to the independent tabulation firm. Ballots in the privacy ballot envelope alone – that do not include the mailing envelope will not be counted by the tabulation firm as they need the mailing envelope with the outside code to record that a member voted. This is one of their security measures to eliminate double voting by mail and online.

Are businesses in the Connexus Energy service territory allowed to vote in the director election?

Yes. Businesses located in the cooperative’s service territory and receiving electric service from Connexus are also considered members. Therefore, they will also receive a ballot to vote.

If I’m planning to vote online, do I need the Annual Meeting voting packet from the mail?

Yes. Online voting requires your individual privacy passcode provided by the independent tabulation firm which is included in your mailed Annual Meeting voting packet. Or, you may scan the QR code with a mobile device to access your individual ballot.

How do I know my vote is secure?

The cooperative has hired Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) as the 2020 independent tabulation firm. SBS ensures the following best practices are included in their elections:
  • SBS is SOC II Type 2 Compliant – All security related policies, procedures, and plans follow strict auditable steps and are reviewed on a scheduled basis.
  • End-to-End Encryption – Part of the security process includes encrypting member data in all phases of the process.
  • Online Authentication – All DirectVote election websites offer enhanced security by only granting access after voters confirm two pieces of information – their member number and the unique election passcode provided in the Annual Meeting voting packet.
  • Co-located – Data co-location in redundant data centers hundreds of miles apart ensures power grid distribution protection.
  • 24-7 Monitoring – Immediate response and resolution to any issue that arises.
To read more about SBS’s secure voting systems, you may also visit their website at www.surveyandballotsystems.com.

Are the Board of Directors considered employees of the cooperative?

No. The directors are elected to the board by the membership. They serve as representatives of the cooperative membership and are not employed by Connexus Energy.

When are the election results announced?

Results of the election will be announced at the conclusion of the election on April 16, 2020.