Bluebonnet Board Election Process

Currently, there are 11 directors on the Bluebonnet Board. At each Annual Meeting of the members (held the second Tuesday in May), directors are elected by ballot by the members to serve for the term elected or until their successors are elected and have qualified. Directors are elected to staggered terms of three years, each to succeed the directors whose terms will expire at that time.

Eligibility Requirements
To run for election for director or accept nomination to run for director, a member:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be in good standing with the cooperative (not be in violation of any provision of Bluebonnet’s charter, tariffs or bylaws, and not have a claim or litigation pending against the cooperative).
  • Must be of good character or general reputation, not have been convicted of violating a federal or state penal statute involving moral turpitude or dishonesty, and not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must be a legal resident of a county in the district that is served totally or partially by the cooperative. The member need not be a resident of the portion of the county served by the cooperative. (For example, a member can live in a part of Bastrop not served by Bluebonnet but have a ranch with a Bluebonnet meter elsewhere in Bastrop County.)
  • Cannot be in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise, or a business selling electric energy or electric supplies to the cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical appliances, fixtures or electric supplies to the members of the cooperative.
  • Cannot be an incumbent of or a candidate for an elected public office for which a salary is paid.
  • Cannot be an employee of the cooperative or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Only members who are duly nominated can be voted upon for the office of director. Candidates must use the Application for Nomination of Candidate form provided on Bluebonnet’s website, bluebonnet.coop, or available at any of the co-op’s five Member Service Centers in Bastrop, Brenham, Giddings, Lockhart or Manor.

Candidates for the Travis County vacancy can find their Application for Nomination of Candidate for Travis County Vacancy here.

Where, When and How Much It Costs to Apply
The completed Application for Nomination of Candidate form must be filed in any Bluebonnet Member Service Center no later than 4 p.m. at least 90 days before the Annual Meeting. Completed applications must include either at least 50 signatures by members residing within the director district for which the election is being held, or a money order or certified check for the $250 filing fee.

How the Process Works
To form a quorum at the Annual Meeting, at least 150 members must be present in person or represented by proxy.

Each member is entitled to one vote. Members may vote by proxy, but only if their proxy (a) is registered with the cooperative at its principal office before 5:30 p.m. on the fifth business day preceding the date of the Annual Meeting, (b) is executed by the member in writing and designates the holder thereof who is a natural person or the proxy committee to cast his or her vote, (c) specifies the particular meeting at which it is to be voted, and (d) is dated not more than 90 days prior to the date of that meeting. Any mailed proxies not otherwise dated are deemed dated as postmarked if the postmark is satisfactory evidence. Memberships in the name of non-natural members may be voted by a person duly authorized by the member, either in person or by proxy.

For more information on the Bluebonnet Board Election Process, see our Bylaws.