CSR endorses Margaret Brown for Position B on the CalPERS Board of Administration
CSR announced it has endorsed Margaret Brown for Position B on the CalPERS Board.
The 2017-2018 Member-At-Large election is the first to use The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) new voting procedure. Eligible members will be able to cast their vote one of three ways: online, by telephone or by paper ballot. All three voting options are convenient, secure and easy to use. Retired members (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) whose effective date of retirement is on or before July 1, 2017, are eligible to vote in this election.
CalPERS invested a large amount of time and money to educate its members on the new voting procedures, including posting the information on their website and having CalPERS staff give presentations to educate members. CSR leaders were present for two election presentations by CalPERS staff members Kim Malm and Dallas Stone at the Retirees Roundtable in May and the CSR Board of Directors meeting in June. The different voting options will be supported and managed by a third-party vendor who will tally and report all votes without any involvement from CalPERS. CalPERS hopes this new flexible and user-friendly voting method will encourage eligible members to vote in any way that suits them best, whether it be via phone, mail or online.
“We are excited to offer our members a flexible and secure menu of voting methods that allow them to vote in a matter of seconds,” Douglas Hoffner, CalPERS Deputy Executive Officer, Operations, and Technology, said. “Technology is rapidly changing, and [it] provides us with the opportunity to meet our members’ individual needs when casting their ballot online, by phone, or by mail.” According to Hoffner, CalPERS’ goal is to increase voter participation, and they believe these changes will achieve it.
There will also be a separate call center which will be open 24/7 during the elections. Another perk of this new voting process is the candidate statements will be available via all voting options. This allows eligible voters to carefully review all candidates before placing their vote. There will be detailed instructions on how to vote in members’ ballot packages, and these will be mailed to members on Sept. 1.
Currently, the CalPERS Board consists of 13 members who are elected, appointed or hold office ex officio for four-year terms. The Board composition is mandated by law and cannot be changed unless approved by most of the registered voters in the state. Board Members may also serve on permanent or ad hoc committees. Their decisions affect all active and retired members.
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For questions or general information regarding the 2017 Member-at-large election, contact the CalPERS Board Election office at 1-800-794-2297 or visit: www.calpers.ca.gov/page/about/board/board-elections