Reform group trying to help SEC member/owners understand vote

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Judging by the many questions concerning the upcoming trustee elections in Districts 1, 4 and 5, the SEC is not getting enough information to the members. The SEC Reform Group is answering these questions and filling in the blanks.

Registration: The term, "registration," in all of the newspaper notices means "voting." The motions at the June 27, 2012 SEC Board of Trustees Meeting all used the word, "voting" in setting the dates and times of the district meetings and elections. Calling this time period solely "Registration" omits the reason for registering — voting. Members go the place of the district meeting, sign their names, get their bracelets which shows that they have the right to vote in the election and on business in the later business meeting. They then go over to the voting machines and vote. Think vote when you see the word, registration!

Vote by mail: The members passed an amendment to the SEC bylaws stating that voting by mail would count as part of the meeting quorum. Attend the meeting if at all possible to cast your vote and sit in on the business meeting so that your voice will be heard and you will be part of the quorum. If you cannot attend, do vote by mail as your vote will count in the election even though it will not count as part of the quorum. This vote will also count as a part of the decision in the court ruling even at a later date.

What is my district: Go to www.socorroelectric.com, type in your street address, city and state. If you do not have a computer, call the SEC at 835-0560.

Business meeting: A quorum must be present for the business meeting which usually starts about 3 hours after voting begins. (See below for individual District hours.) For example, District 4 begins registration/voting at 2 p.m. with the business meeting starting at 5 p.m. Article III, Section 3. Special District Meetings. States, "The District Meeting by a trustee representing such district, or another designated representative of the Board of Trustees or … by a member residing within such district. Thereupon, the members of said District shall proceed to elect a chairman of the meeting, who shall not be a trustee, and the chairman … shall then appoint a secretary for such a meeting." Members might wish to consider who they would want to chair their district's meeting and what issues they wish to raise. Members can raise issues and present bylaw amendments for discussion and vote at the new business section of the district meeting section reserved for new business.

District 4: Takes place Oct. 6, at the San Antonio School Cafeteria. Voting (what the SEC only refers to as "registration") starts at 2 p.m. Voting ends at 5 p.m. when the business meeting starts. A quorum must be present at the business meeting for any action to be presented by the members.

District 1: Oct. 13, La Promesa School Cafeteria, Las Nutrias. Voting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Business meeting begins at 4 p.m.

District 5: Oct. 27, Datil Elementary Gym, Datil. Voting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Business meeting begins at 4 p.m.

Hope this information helps.