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Your Vote Can Matter


If you ever doubted the importance of your vote, a would-be Lane Electric director may change your mind.

Lynn Bowers didn’t win her bid to be one of seven directors Monday night at Lane Electric’s annual meeting. She wasn’t even one of the top two vote-getters. 

Lane Electric is a cooperative serving a rural area around Eugene-Springfield. Six candidates vied for Central District director.  Bowers picks up the story:

Bowers: “The top two were Nathan Philips, 257 votes, and Ingrid Kessler at 256.”

A one-vote difference.

Bowers:  “They were going to let that stand.  Ingrid had a very long face.  And then they decided to recount the ballots that had been mailed in yesterday.  At that recount, they came up with one more vote for Ingrid.”

The vote now stood at 257 apiece.

Bowers:  “At that point, the bylaws require that it be settled by a coin flip.  Ingrid won the coin flip.  So she’s got the seat.”

Just a reminder your vote can indeed matter.


Claude Offenbacher was a reporter and host at KLCC from 1999-2012. He currently volunteers as front desk support and PSA writer.
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