Wednesday, November 22, 2006

So who's counting the ballots?

Well, apparently it's the GVEA MAC members, three per district with another three alternates for each district. And who are they? Well, my stepfather called to find out about this today, and evidently it's been difficult to get people to serve on the MAC committee. So mostly, when there is a vacancy, the board members will suggest someone they know. I don't recognize any of the names listed for District 2. Right now there are vacancies in the groups for districts 4, 5, 6, and 7. To volunteer for the MAC, contact GVEA at The meetings are open to the membership.

Evidently, they can use some help with counting the ballots. So if you'd like to help count and verify the ballots on the G&T vote, or just observe, contact GVEA. The ballots will be counted on the 11th of December after the deadline (5 pm, I think, although it doesn't say a time on the website).

And the MAC meeting for October was cancelled--maybe. Dunno about the Nov. 8 meeting--there are apparently no minutes kept, or at least, none posted. The page about this group doesn't list any topics that the MAC reviewed in 2005, although there's a list for 2004. Wonder if they got a look at the G&T proposal?


Simiolus Rex said...

Deirdre you are so corret...
"It's not the vote that counts, it's who counts the votes."

Anonymous said...

For the record, I'm voting no. That said...

Rampant paranoia. GVEA has a great Member advisor committee. I'm suprised you don't recognize the reps. from district two. Some of them are quite well known.

Roger Kermes: Works at the Gilmore Creek Geophysical observatory, with the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information service.

Mitch Roth: Probably one of the best known professors of Computer Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Gerald Whitton: Ok, maybe you have a point here. Even google only gives me his times in the Midnight Sun Run.

Darrel Kniffen: I believe this is the son of Darrel Kniffen (Sr.) who was politically active in the state, running for political office several times. He seems to have inheritted that trait, as well, being fairly active in Fairbanks politics.

DeVonne Koppenberg: Author of "Why Would Grandma Move to Alaska."

Michael Rasmussen: Ok, I'll give you this one, too. Not sure who this is. Google just wants to tell me about famous bicyclists, who I'm pretty sure this isn't.

Deirdre Helfferich said...

Well, I'm actually not all that concerned about the vote counting or who the election judges are. Kniffen and Rasmussen were the only names that seemed even vaguely familiar to me. Thanks, gveainsider, for providing some information on these people (I didn't bother to do a Google search).

The point I was trying to make is that the only way for an organization such as GVEA can get out of touch with its members is if the members don't take an active role. I, for one, have been a pretty inactive member--a mere ratepayer, as it were. As I said to one of the GVEA staffers at the Noel Wien Library presentation on the 15th, the best thing about all this hoopla is that the members will start paying attention to their cooperative, and will probably get more involved. The member advisory committee is one of the best ways to do this, and is short of active members in some of the districts.

We still have the problem that there is no record on line of what the MAC did last year, which appears to be the crucial year for development of this proposal. I'll ask the staff if they have any information on this and can put it on line. Personally, I think it's a very good thing that a previously completely hands-off member such as myself is now so interested in what's going on. I think it's a safe assumption that if somebody like me is, other previously uninterested members out there will also now want to know more and become more involved.

Jeffrey A. Rogers said...

Noble Americans,
Is there not a better approach to governance?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
29 November 2006