2023 Board of Director Nomination

The 2023 nomination period for the Norvado Board of Directors will be open from January 27th, 2023 to March 26, 2023.

As a cooperative, Norvado is overseen by a Board of Directors. 

Our directors are elected into their positions by their district constituents.
* Fun Fact: Norvado is the only cooperative in Wisconsin that doesn't have a nomination committee, instead opting for an open election process.

Norvado Election Districts

The map shown illustrates the Norvado election districts.

Districts up for re-election

  • CENTRAL: Includes the Town of Tripp, the Iron River Exchange except the former Brule and Waino Exchanges and the Town of Hughes and Oulu.
  • SOUTHWEST: Includes Barnes and Drummond Exchanges.
  • NORTH: Includes Cornucopia, Port Wing, La Pointe Exchanges, and the former Herbster Exchange.

Nomination & Election Process

  • 1) Any ten (10) or more members of the election district acting together may make nominations by petition not less than thirty (30) days prior to said annual meeting of the members and the secretary or person at his/her discretion shall post such nominations at the principal or home office of the Cooperative at least twenty (20) days before the date of the annual meeting of the Members.
  • 2) A list of all nominations made by petition shall be mailed along with the notice of annual meeting to all Members of the election district.
  • 3) The secretary, or person at his/her discretion, shall also mail with the notice of annual meeting, a ballot, if a contested election, and a statement of the number of Directors to be elected, and the election district from which they are to be chosen. Such statement by the secretary shall also inform the Members of the manner in which they may vote by mail for Directors, or by electronic means, as provided in these Bylaws.
  • 4) All members of the Cooperative from the election district entitled to elect a Director at the annual meeting shall elect the Director to represent each such district from the nominations made by petition as herein provided. The candidate receiving a plurality of votes cast for that office at such meeting shall be declared elected as a Director. In the event of a tie vote, a coin toss shall determine who will be elected as a Director.

Nomination Qualifications

No person shall be eligible to be nominated, elected, and remain a Director of the Cooperative who: 
  • (a) Is not a member of the Cooperative, residing in the geographic area from which he or she is elected for more than two hundred and forty (240) days during the last twelve (12) month period.
  • (b) Is an employee or a former employee of the Cooperative or is in any manner employed by or in any material way financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business engaged in selling communication products or services. The Board may, by general rule or in particular circumstances, determine which interests in a competing enterprise are material.
  • (c) Is closely related to an incumbent Director or an employee of the Cooperative. As used here, “closely related” means a person who is related to the principal person by consanguinity or affinity, to the second degree or less – that is, a person who is either a spouse, child, grandparent, parent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, or niece, by blood or in law, of the principal. However, no incumbent Director shall lose eligibility to remain a Director or to be reelected as a Director if he or she becomes a close relative of another incumbent Director or of a Cooperative employee because of a marriage to which he or she was not a party; neither shall an employee lose eligibility to continue in the employment of the Cooperative if he or she becomes a close relative of a Director because of a marriage to which he or she was not a party.
  • (d) Is or becomes the full-time employee, or agent of, or who is or becomes the full-time employer or principal of, another Director or any entity controlled by another Director.
  • (e) Is absent without being excused by the Board from three (3) or more regular meetings of the Board of Directors during any twelve (12) month period.
  • (f) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Cooperative shall adopt a written policy which will govern the application in practice of this By-Law section to assure no employee will suffer unjust or unreasonable discrimination because of marital status.


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