San Isabel Electric Association Keeps Focus on Members by Outsourcing Election Efforts

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San Isabel Electric’s decision to partner with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) as a third-party election manager saves resources and keeps staff focused on core business.

Survey & Ballot Systems Election Management Services & Online Voting Software
There is no way our organization could duplicate the value SBS brings to our election process – SBS makes the process so much easier!

Survey & Ballot Systems, a leading provider of election services and online voting software, announces two successful election projects for San Isabel Electric Association during 2011.

Prior to utilizing SBS’ election services, San Isabel Electric was challenged with an election process that monopolized employee time for several weeks. “In addition to taking up my time, we had ‘all-hands-on-deck’ where our entire staff helped with the election,” said Ashley R. Valdez, Communications Manager at San Isabel Electric. “This project wrapped up thousands of dollars worth of employee time and took us away from our regular work.”

The amount of work combined with Colorado House Bill 10-1098 that encourages electric cooperative governance transparency convinced San Isabel Electric to seek outside help with their election efforts.

San Isabel Electric utilized SBS services for a special bylaw change vote during 2011 and then later in the year at the annual meeting. SBS managed mail-in ballots before election day and then only distributed on-site ballots to those members who had not voted. Once on-site ballots had been collected, SBS was able to quickly process both the mail-in ballots and on-site ballots, allowing San Isabel staff to announce results promptly.

“By contracting out our elections we are ultimately helping our members by keeping the focus on them, not on administering elections,” stated Valdez. “There is no way our organization could duplicate the value SBS brings to our election process – SBS makes the process so much easier!”

About Survey & Ballot Systems
Since 1990, Survey & Ballot Systems has been providing customers with the tools and resources to conduct highly successful elections. The world’s top associations, cooperatives and member organizations trust SBS to plan and manage their elections. SBS election services include traditional paper ballot elections, online voting, telephone voting and hybrid voting systems. If your organization could benefit from conducting the highest quality election available, with guaranteed and certified results, make sure to visit for more information.


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