Election Policies

See also Bylaws, Article IX

adopted by the Board January 2017

A. Elections shall be held in accordance with applicable California statutes, in a manner prescribed by the Davis Food Co-op Bylaws, the Board of Directors and these Election Policies. Annual Elections shall include election of Directors to the Board, and may also include binding votes on matters within the authority of the membership and/or non-binding votes that are advisory only.

B. Special Elections may be called by a majority vote of the Board of Directors or by a majority vote of owners at a lawful Membership Meeting where a quorum is present.

C. Each shareholder who is in good standing on the last day of balloting shall be entitled to one vote in each election. No voting shareholder shall be entitled to more than one vote regardless of the number of shares owned. All votes shall be secret votes.

D. Proxy voting is prohibited in cooperatives by California law. Giving a vote to a member of the household who is not designated as co-owner in the member's records to cast for the shareholder is defined as proxy voting.

E. Five percent (5%) of the shareholders in good standing shall constitute a quorum for any election or action reserved to the members under the DFC Bylaws, unless a larger quorum is required by law. No quorum is required for non-binding (advisory) votes.

F. Approval by a majority of those shareholders in good standing who vote in a given election shall constitute approval by the membership, unless a larger proportion is required by law or by another provision of the DFC Bylaws. Notwithstanding, election of Directors shall be by a plurality of votes.

G. Staff will grant to declared candidates, or proponents or opponents of ballot issues, access to the Co-op's mailing list in conformance with California Corporations Code (§12600). Mailing material to the membership for such a purpose shall be at that member’s expense.

H. The Board shall charter an Elections Task Force at the beginning of each Board Year. This Task Force will ensure that procedures for the annual election (and any other election/s duly called) comply with applicable laws, DFC Bylaws and these policies and that procedures are developed for Board review and approval in advance of the election.

I. Procedures for each election shall be approved by the Board of Directors at least 60 days before the election begins, and shall be posted conspicuously in the store at least 30 days before the election begins. Procedures shall include an Election Calendar, Nomination and Candidacy procedures, voting methods, counting methods and a secure & confidential chain of custody for all ballots cast, at a minimum.

J. The Board shall appoint three Inspectors of Election (as defined in the California Corporations Code §12483) at least 30 days before each election.

K. Declared candidates for positions on the Board of Directors in the next election may not serve on the Elections Task Force nor be appointed as Inspectors of Election during their candidacy.

L. Notice of the election, the names of any candidates for election to the Board of Directors, and the full text of any proposed Measures on the ballot shall be conspicuously posted in the store and on the Co-op’s website for the duration of the election.

M. Leafleting, petitioning, or soliciting outside the store on Co-op property shall be subject to reasonable regulations. No one may engage in leafleting, petitioning or soliciting within the store proper. Soliciting means being present for the purpose of engaging in election discussions with members and attempting to convince them to vote in a certain way.

N. Votes shall be counted in a timely manner under the supervision of the Inspectors of Election. The results will be reported to the Board of Directors, and become official only upon certification by the Board. Election results shall be posted in the store, and all candidates notified, within 36 hours after certification and no later than 14 days after the close of the election.

O. Results, ballots, and votes shall be stored for one year (12 months) after the close of the election, in such a way that they are secure from tampering and available to the Board upon its request.

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