2023 PCC Election FAQs

 

Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

A: You are eligible to vote if you were an active member of PCC Community Markets (PCC) on March 1, 2023, the record date set by the Board of Trustees. Only those in whose name the membership is issued may vote.

 

Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M AN “ACTIVE” MEMBER?

A: You are an active member of PCC if you have paid your membership fee in full and you have used your membership at least once between March 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023. To find out if you are an active member, log into your online account at pccmarkets.com/my-account.

 

Q: HOW CAN I VOTE?

A: You can vote online. Eligible members who have given PCC a valid email address by April 5, 2023 will receive an email from Election Services Co. on April 10, 2023 directing them to their unique online ballot. Once you mark and submit your ballot, you will receive an email confirmation that you have voted.

If you are unable to vote online due to disability or otherwise, please email membership@pccmarkets.com or call 206-965-1514 for a paper ballot. Paper ballots must be received at the co-op office by 5 p.m. PDT on April 19, 2023 to be counted.

Online voting starts April 10, 2023 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and ends April 19, 2023 at 5 p.m. PDT.

 

Q: WHY DON’T WE HAVE MORE CHOICES — THERE ARE 3 OPEN SEATS AND ONLY 3 CANDIDATES?

A: In December of 2022, PCC Community Markets opened the application process for candidates for the Board of Trustees. Based on a recent skills assessment, the Board sought applicants with executive level experience in grocery operations, supply chains, e-commerce systems, and/or equity and inclusion in food systems, as well as a passion for PCC, and prior for-profit board experience.

In the 2023 election cycle, all three Board incumbents submitted applications to be considered to serve for another term on the Board. PCC also received five outside applications, and Board members not up for reelection (to ensure there was no conflict of interest) interviewed two of those applicants. By a vote (with the three incumbents abstaining), the Board determined that there was great value in the continued service by the qualified and knowledgeable incumbents and decided to place only the three incumbents on the 2023 ballot.

 

Q: ARE THE CANDIDATES COMPETING WITH ANYONE, OR IS IT AN APPROVAL VOTE TALLY?

A: There are three open seats. Each candidate needs more “for” votes than “against” votes in order to secure a seat on the Board.