JACKSON — Federated Rural Electric will host its 86th annual meeting on Aug. 4. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on candidates for the nominating committee, directors and a bylaw amendment.

Thanks to last year’s bylaws amendment, this is the first year that ballots were mailed to all Federated members. Members who return their signed, barcoded, postage-paid envelope in the blank inner envelope with ballots will receive a $10 bill credit. Ballots must be received in Federated’s office by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

Co-op members who misplaced their mailed ballots or prefer to may vote in person at the drive-in annual meeting, which will be conducted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Fairmont. Members should bring their barcoded annual meeting registration card or barcoded ballot envelope for fast registration; onsite manual registration is also available. Members can only vote once.

A brief meeting will occur at the Martin County Fairgrounds, west of the grandstand, in the parking area at 6:30 p.m. Members may vote and either drive away or stick around for the meeting, staying in their cars. Members can listen on their radios to the brief meeting on 1370 AM.

The meeting agenda involves approving last year’s annual meeting minutes and the nominating committee’s minutes. Members will honk their vehicles’ horns to vote on the minutes. No other speeches will be done due to the drive-in format.

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