Central Co-op 2021 Annual Election

Voting FAQ


When to vote

This year’s Annual Election will take place from October 4 to 17.

The three ways to vote

  1. In person at the Co-op. There will be ballot boxes at both locations.
  2. Online. The link to vote online will be active from 12 a.m. October 4 until 11:59 p.m. October 17.
  3. By mail. Mail your completed ballot to:
Central Co-op
Annual Election
1600 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

Ballots must be received by October 17 to be counted.

How Do I Vote Online?

On the voting website, your username is the email address we have on file for you, and your password is your co-op owner number. Please contact us if you need to add or update your email address or would like to know the email address we have on file. Please note that your Central Co-op member number is slightly different than your Tacoma Food Co-op member number: all TFC member numbers begin with ‘406’ and up to three leading zeros, so TFC member #1 is now Central Co-op member # 4060001.

Am I Eligible?

  • Only active owners in good standing may vote. This means that you:
    • Are the owner of record (you’re not on someone else’s account)
    • Have shopped at the Co-op in the last year
    • You are current in your equity. You’re current with your equity if you’re either paid in full or don’t owe any equity the day that voting begins: October 4.
  • Worker owners are eligible to vote if they are current with their equity and have worked more than 20 hours a week on average for the previous six months.

How the candidates get seated to the Board?

On the Board, we have one worker-member seat open, and one consumer-member seat open. There are two candidates running for each of these seats, please vote for up to one candidate for each. The candidates who win the most votes in each race will be seated to three year terms, assuming they receive more than 50 percent of the total votes. Any open seats after the election will be filled by a Board appointee.

How the candidates gets seated to the Nominating Committee?

Both the consumer and worker seats are open. There are two candidates running for the worker member seat, please vote for up to one candidate. The candidate who receives the most votes will be seated to a one year term, assuming they receive more than 50 percent of the total votes. There is a single candidate for the consumer member seat. Please vote for this candidate if you would like them to be seated to a one year term. In order to be seated, they will need to receive an affirmative vote from more than 50% of voters. Any open seats after the election will be filled by a Board appointee.

How does the Solidarity model impact voting?

The simple answer is that there is no change to how you vote. All owners have a vote for all open seats. The seats are now assigned to specific member classes, but voting is not. So please cast a vote in each race.

Is the election the same for Seattle and Tacoma?

Central Co-op is a single cooperative with two locations. All Central Co-op members are participating in the same election regardless of which location we happen to shop at more regularly. Together, we are selecting which candidates we feel will best serve Central Co-op at both of our current locations and strategically guide us, collectively, into the future.

How do I vote anonymously?

On the ballot, you are required to write your name, owner number, and signature. If this is a concern for you, you can cast an anonymous ballot by voting online.

The fact that you voted online will be verifiable; however, the contents of your ballot will not be associated with your owner number. If you need assistance with voting online, please contact us at info (at) centralcoop (dot) coop.

How do I run for the Board or Nominating Committee in next year’s election?

If you have this question, you’ve already taken the first step – decided that you’re interested! Now that you know you’re interested, please contact the Nominating Committee at nominatingcommittee (at) centralboard (dot) coop to find out more about serving. Beginning in January, you can visit our website to get application materials for the 2022 election. Thanks for your great question, we hope you decide to apply to run!

What is quorum?

Quorum is the minimum number of votes we need for the election to be valid. At Central Co-op, the quorum is five percent of eligible voters.

When will election results be announced?

Our Annual Meeting will be available for viewing online on Sunday October 17. Election results will be announced as quickly as possible after the conclusion of our election. Results will be sent out as an email to our members and will also be available online and posted in both stores.


2021 Annual Election Results

The votes are in, and now’s the time to celebrate you and the massive impact you’ve had in your Central Co-op community this year! There is plenty to be proud of, and we're presenting the brightest spots of 2019 and 2020 in a 15-minute video. I invite you to join me, and members of our Board, as we reflect on our cooperative community. And you won't want to miss the music & dance clips from the Drive-In Movie Nights at our new Tacoma store! Click here to watch our 2020 Annual Meeting video.

A written Annual Report acts as a companion to the video, and provides a deeper dive into the stories we tell there. Click here to read our 2019 Annual Report.
We are also pleased to announce our new Board and Nominating Committee members that you have thoughtfully chosen as your leadership. With 710 ballots submitted and counted (reaching quorum required 641), please join us in congratulating our newly-elected candidates: 
Board of Trustees
Carey DiJulio, Consumer-Member
Bill Bielby, Worker-Member
Nominating Committee
Ellie Cohan, Consumer-Member
Greg Smith, Worker-Member
Please enjoy a moment to celebrate your community impact through our virtual Annual Owner Meeting and Annual Report! We offer our deep gratitude to you for supporting your Central Co-op locations in both Seattle and Tacoma.

Know that we look forward to seeing you soon!

With much appreciation, and wishing you good health,
Catherine Willis Cleveland
CEO, Central Co-op


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