2016 Election Calendar



DFC Bylaws specify

Calendar made public

Tuesday, March 1

Web only

Member Initiative Deadline

Monday, March 14

45 days before mailing date of an already scheduled regular election ballot

Voters’ Pamphlet Deadline (and deadline for ballot arguments)

Deadline for Candidate's statements & pictures for inclusion in the Election Mailer (submit here!)

Friday, April 8 @ 9:55 PM

20 days before mailing date

Mailing Date of Voters’ Pamphlet (Election Mailer) & Notice of Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 28

Notice is between 21 and 90 days before Annual Meeting (33 days)

Voting begins!

Ballots will also be available in the store. Look for our tall black Ballot Box.

Friday, April 29

As of actual mailing date

Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 22

As called by the Board

Last Day of Election

Wednesday, June 1

30 days or later after mailing date (if specified by Board)

Ballots counted

Friday, June 3 after 2 PM

(So there are two days of mail delivery after postmark deadline)

Results available

Monday, June 6

5 days after close of election (Prelim. results available Friday night)

Results accepted by outgoing Board

Monday, June 6

Regular Board meeting, one week late, Teaching Kitchen, 7 PM

Help shape the future of the Co-op by voting in the Spring Election (or running for the Board of Directors)!

Running For The Board

In order to be eligible for Directorship, you must be a Co-op shareholder in good standing by July 1, 2016 when your term would begin. If you're a Member of a shareholder's household but don't own shares, you can run. If elected, you must purchase your own shares in order to serve.

For more details, read on! Our 2016 Declaration of Candidacy includes a checklist, designed to make it easier to determine your eligibility. If you have questions, please contact the Election Committee (below) or write to board@davisfood.coop

Positions Available In 2016

Voters are selecting candidates in 2016 to fill three seats on the Board, each with a three-year term. You can vote for up to three candidates. The top three vote-getters in the election will be seated to fill three-year terms as Directors, and the fourth- and fifth-placed candidates will be seated as first and second Alternate Directors. Alternates serve for one year and vote at Board meetings when a Director is absent. Alternates are appointed to fill out a term if a Director resigns or is incapable of serving.

Final 2015 Election Results

(accepted by the Board, 6/8/15)

Ken Bradford elected to a 3 year term as Director with 414 votes
J. Faye Dixon elected to a 3 year term as Director with 404 votes
Tom Hagler elected to a 3 year term as Director with 366 votes
Vincent Ortiz elected to a 1 year term as Director with 357 votes
Sandra Schickele elected as First Alternate with 347 votes
Michael Larsen elected as Second Alternate with 261 votes

Voting Instructions

  • You can vote if you are the shareholder in your household. If you’re not the shareholder or co-owner, you cannot vote as a proxy on someone’s behalf; proxy votes are not allowed in California Cooperative Corporation elections.

  • You can vote if you’re a shareholder in good standing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the last day of voting. You must invest at least $20 in shares in 2016, or otherwise satisfy the investment requirement in our Bylaws. You also must not have any outstanding bad checks to the Co-op or otherwise be out of compliance with Membership Responsibilities and Restrictions listed in the Bylaws (Article IV, Section 3; please see davisfood.coop/about/membership/bylaws). Ask a cashier to scan your Co-op Card before the end of voting – if no message indicates your investment is due or other issues, you can assume you are in good standing.

  • Ballots are mailed on April 29th to all shareholders in good standing as of March 31 (per Article IX, Section 6 (A)(1) of our Bylaws), with the Voter’s Pamphlet.

  • To be valid, ballots must be returned to the store by 10 PM, Wednesday, June 1, or if mailed must be postmarked June 1 or earlier. To be valid, a ballot must also be in a sealed envelope, and signed on the outside by the shareholder (or co-owner). Election volunteers and/or Co-op staff check both the signature and the good standing of each shareholder who votes. Please legibly print your name and member number on the envelope, to assist us when verifying your signature in our files. Ballots of shareholders not in good standing are not opened or counted; we make an effort to contact the shareholder so they can put their membership in good standing before the end of the election.

  • The Ballot Box will be located inside the store, near registers. Place your sealed & signed ballot envelope through the slot near the top of the locked box. If you mail in your ballot in your own envelope, you need to sign the envelope, clearly label it “ballot enclosed” and send it to Davis Food Co-op Election, 620 G Street, Davis CA 95616.

  • Four shareholders declared candidacy for the Board (as of April 8th). You may vote for up to five candidates, as there are five seats open. You cannot vote more than once for the same person. You may vote for fewer than four candidates if you choose.

    We cannot accept two ballots from one shareholder. However, you can change your vote using the ballots and envelopes available in the store. Write the date on the front of your envelope and that the ballot enclosed supersedes your previous vote. Your new envelope must be signed and sealed, and your name should be legibly printed. We cannot combine votes from two ballots.

Ballot Counting & Results

  • Ballots will be counted in the Conference Room of the store on Friday, June 3, 2016.
  • Results will be posted on the election display and above on these election pages at davisfood.coop on or before Monday, June 6. The Board will consider preliminary results at their meeting on June 6, and they may choose to accept those results at that time.

    Further Reading: Election Documents & History


Election Policies

DavisWiki page for comments & questions about the 2015 election

Past Election results and a comparison from 1999 to 2014