Participate in the Voting Process
The 2022 annual meeting season begins May 17. The feverpitch of activity will continue for the next six weeks as all 16 Mutuals and the Golden Rain Foundation host their annual meetings.Theannualmeetingand election season begins in January and concludes at the end of June. There are often many questions about this time of the year and whytheseactivitiesareimportant. Election Specialist Ripa Barua answers some frequently asked questions.
What is an annual meeting and how is it different from a regular board meeting?
The Mutual corporations and the GRF are required to have annual meetings in order to report to the membership their activities during the past year. Directors read reports concerning finances, infrastructure, accomplishments and goals for the future. An annual meeting is similar to a State of the Union speech, as directors are limited to presenting reports whereas business is conducted at board meetings.
Who can attend annual meetings?
Shareholders/owners are encouraged to attend their Mutual’s annualmeeting(seetheschedule). All GRF members are encouraged to attend the GRF annual meeting on June 14 at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
Are the elections and annual meetings held on the same day?
The ballot counting for each Mutual's election will be conducted at its annual meeting. The ballot counting for the GRF election will be conducted at a special GRF Board meeting on June 7 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, one week before the GRF annual meeting.
How often are elections conducted?
Most Mutual boards of directors are elected annually. The GRF has elections every year but elects directors from even-numbered mutuals in even-numbered years anddirectorsfromodd-numbered mutuals in odd-numbered years.
How many ballots will I receive?
Depending on your Mutual, you may receive one or two ballots. Shareholders in Mutuals 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 are scheduled to receive two different ballots: a yellow ballot to elect your Mutual board of directors and a blue ballot to elect your GRF director(s). Shareholders in mutuals 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 are scheduled to receive one mutual ballot.
Should I separate the voting portionoftheballotbeforemailing it in the envelope provided?
No, return the full legal-sized ballot in the envelopes provided.
Has my ballot been mailed?
Check the election schedule (right) to see when the mutual ballots were mailed. The GRF ballots will be mailed May 5.
There are three people who liveinmyunit;doweeachreceive a ballot?
One ballot is mailed to each unit on file. The unit represents one share of stock/voting power. Per Mutual bylaws, if there are multiple owners of one membership (unit) in the corporation, despite the multiplicity of owners, they shall jointly have only one vote.
CanIuseaproxyordesignate someone to vote on my behalf?
Proxies are not permissible in GRF elections, but depending on your Mutual's election policy, proxies may be used in Mutual elections. To ensure the ballot's integrity, ballot envelopes must be signed by the shareholder member connected to that household.
Are write-in candidates permitted?
Foundation bylaws do not permit write-in candidates for GRF directors. There is a space on most Mutual ballots for writein candidates. However, for the vote to be properly cast for the write-in candidate, that candidate must be nominated at the annual meeting (called “nominated from the floor”) and must be present to accept the nomination.
My mail is forwarded to a post office box or an address outside the community. Will my ballot be forwarded to me?
No.Asthevotingrightsaretied to the unit, ballots are all mailed to the units. A replacement ballot can be mailed to you at the address of your choice. Call Accurate Voting Services at (833) 861-6352 to request a replacement ballot.
The candidates on my ballot are running unopposed; why should I vote?
Your participation in the election process is critical for the operation of this community. Additionally, the return of your properly cast ballot ensures that your Mutual will obtain the necessary number of votes to produce the annual meeting and counting of ballots.
I don't know the candidates running for my Mutual's board of directors; why should I vote?
Read the candidate Statement of Qualifications (often referred to as a resume or biography) included with the ballot for information. Ask candidates questions on topics that are important to you. Attend meet-the-candidates events. Ask your friends and neighbors their opinion. If you decide you still do not want to cast your votes for any of the Mutual candidates, you are still strongly encouraged to vote by checking the box labeled 'abstain from voting— ballot counted for quorum only' portion of the ballot. This lets you participate in the election process by returning a properly cast ballot.
I've heard a quorum is necessary before the ballots can be counted. What is a quorum?
A quorum is the minimum number of members that must be present to make Mutual annual meeting proceedings valid. In the case of elections, your participation inthevotingprocess,i.e.,your properlycastballot,countsasyour attendance. A quorum of at least one-third for some Mutuals, plus one for some of the Mutual corporation membership is required before the Mutual ballots can be counted.
I lost my ballot or can't remember if I mailed my ballot. What do I do?
Call Accurate Voting Services at (833) 861-6352 to have a replacement ballot mailed to you or to confirm your ballot was received.
Where do I mail the ballot?
The yellow and blue mailing envelopes are postage-paid and pre-addressed to the Inspector of Elections, Accurate Voting Services Inc., P.O. Box 6117, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-6117. Drop the ballot in a U.S. mailbox as soon as possible. Your ballot must be received before noon on the business day BEFORE the annual meeting. You may also hand deliver your ballot to Clubhouse 4 on the day of the annual meeting. See instructions on your ballot for further information. Don't forget to sign the outside return envelope.
I still have questions about annual meetings and elections. Who can help me?
Contact Rosie Estrada, Stock Transfer Assistant Manager, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 346, or Ripa Barua, Election Specialist, at email@example.com for assistance.