The Nov. 12 elections for four seats on the Cobb EMC board will take place at the same location as the special meeting last month, Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, in Marietta, www.PiedmontChurch.tv
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The Cobb EMC Owners Association, meanwhile, has already vetted willing candidates and endorsed one candidate for each of the four seats.
Per Schuster’s order, voting will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 12. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., and the candidates will each have five minutes to speak. When all of the candidate presentations are finished, the floor will be opened for 35 minutes of comments from members, after which candidates may give a one-minute rebuttal, if they so choose.
Judge Schuster’s order also notes that candidate Cheryl Meadows, who is running for the seat representing the Pataula district, area 10 in south Georgia, may give her presentation by video, if she wishes. Meadows said on Friday that she cannot attend the meeting because of a previous commitment that cannot be altered.
Attorney Joe Whitley, who presided over the September meeting, will be the moderator once again. Frank Fatone, president of the New York-based Election Services Corp., will be the independent coordinator and his staff will be in charge of collecting and counting the ballots.
There are some noticeable differences between this vote and the one last month in which members rejected the option for mail-in ballots and ended retirement benefits for directors. For one, members will be allowed to cast their votes as early as 8 a.m., if they so choose. All members may vote for a director in all areas.
Also, the ballots will have an ID number on them, but members will not be asked to sign their names and addresses on the actual ballot. That requirement disturbed some who voted in September.
Preliminary results will be announced shortly after the polls close on Nov. 12, but the winners in two areas may not be known even then.
To win, a candidate must get a majority of the votes — that is, 50 percent plus one vote — which may be difficult in the two races with multiple candidates. The Area Six race currently has four candidates, and the Area Seven race has seven candidates. Directors must live in the geographical area they represent, but all members may vote for a candidate in all 10 areas.
If no candidate gets a majority of the vote, a run-off election between the top two vote-getters will be held on Dec. 3 at Piedmont Church, per Schuster’s order.
For Area One, Long time residence and business owner Johnny Woodward is a candidate. Incumbent Don Barnett is not seeking re-election.