In the past, Palmetto Electric members have come together each year for the cooperative’s Annual Meeting. However, this year, the meeting will look a bit different.

Due to the uncertainty of the current COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of the cooperative’s members and employees in mind, Palmetto Electric has made changes to the format of the 2020 Annual Meeting.

It begins with a drive-through registration and voting Oct. 8 and 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and again from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the cooperative’s Ridgeland office, 4063 Grays Highway.

In order to register and vote, the member’s name must appear on the membership account. In the event of a joint membership, either spouse, but not both, may register and vote. (If you are unsure about your joint membership status, call 800-922-5551 or any of the four Palmetto Electric offices.)

Members will drive through the line to register and cast their ballot for director elections, proposed bylaw changes and a voting district question. Members will never leave their vehicle, and Palmetto Electric employees will be adhering to all COVID safety precautions.

Members will receive a registration gift as they exit and will be entered in the door prize drawings, which will be held at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting on Oct. 10. Winners will be notified, and the results of the drawings will be posted on the cooperative’s website, palmetto.coop, and its Facebook page.

On Oct. 10, beginning at 5 p.m., the business portion of the Annual Meeting will be livestreamed online at palmetto.coop or the cooperative’s Facebook page. For those who are unable to view the meeting live, a recording of the meeting will be available at palmetto.coop afterward.

While the Annual Meeting may be different this year, the safety of Palmetto Electric’s members, employees and community is the top priority.

For more information about the meeting, and for details about the proposed changes to the bylaws, as well as voting district and bylaws questions, visit palmetto.coop.

Additional information will be included in the upcoming edition of South Carolina Living magazine.