DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their member/owners, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Elected representatives are accountable to the membership. Cooperative member/owners have equal voting rights-one member, one vote.
At each annual meeting of the members, directors shall be elected by secret written ballot by the members present in person or represented by proxy. One director, and one only, shall be elected from each directorate district. Voting for directors shall be by the membership of the entire Cooperative at large and shall not be restricted to districts.