Your vote in this year's MVFCU Board of Directors Election automatically enters you to win $500 CASH!
Please note the following rules for the drawing:
- Entry Period: April 2-May 2, 2013.
- One entry per person.
- Drawing will be held at the MVFCU Annual Membership Meeting on May 7, 2013, at 7pm at Evangelo's Restaurant. Need not be present to win.
- MVFCU employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.
- Need not be a member of MVFCU or vote to enter. To enter by mail, send a 3x5 card with your name, address, and telephone number to Election Drawing, 1020 S. Bailey St., Palmer, AK 99645.
When does the voting start and end?
Voting for the 2013 MVFCU election officially starts on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The voting period runs for 30 days and officially ends at the end of the day on May 2, 2013. All ballots must be received by the midnight deadline to be valid.
Why is MVFCU using online voting?
First and foremost, MVFCU is always looking for ways to increase members’ participation in their credit union. As over 75% of MVFCU members have access to the Internet, a secure method of electronic voting seems a logical step toward that goal. Secondly, the cost incurred through printing and postage for a paper-based ballot to over 30,000 members is significant. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, our mission and philosophy compel us to reduce expenses whenever possible. The cost savings realized through electronic voting are passed directly on to our members.
What is the Unique Voting ID number?
The Unique Voting ID number is a randomly generated number assigned to each eligible voter. It is a secure method to identify voters without using sensitive information such as account numbers, social security numbers, or other important personal data. This number is required for both the electronic and the paper ballot.
Who is eligible to vote?
Primary account holders age 18 or older as of April 1, 2013, are considered eligible to vote. Joint members are not considered eligible to vote – you must be a primary account holder. The primary member is indicated as the first name that appears on the account statement.
Can I vote on each account that I'm on at MVFCU?
No. MVFCU is a democratically-controlled financial cooperative. As such, our charter as a Federal Credit Union establishes the rule of ‘one member, one vote.’ Only the first ballot received from each eligible member (paper or electronic) will be counted, regardless of the number of accounts held with the Credit Union.
Can I use both the paper ballot and the online ballot?
No. Each eligible voting member has been assigned a Unique Voting ID number. This information is required for a valid ballot, whether that ballot is electronic or paper. Only the first ballot received from each eligible member (paper or electronic) will be counted, regardless of the number of ballots cast or their format.
How do I vote online?
You must have MVFCUonline access to cast an electronic ballot. Speak to a Member Services Representative at any community office, or call us at 745-4891 (in the valley) or 694-4891 (in Eagle River) to request MVFCUonline access.
To cast your ballot:
- Go to www.mvfcu.coop and select the ‘Login to Your Account’ option at the top of the page.
- Log in to your account and complete all security questions correctly.
- On your Account Summary page, click on the VOTE button. You will be presented with the election ballot.
- Click on candidates’ names to learn more about them, make your selections, and cast your vote.
How do I request a traditional paper ballot?
You may request a traditional paper ballot in one of the following ways:
- Call us at 745-4891 (in the valley), 694-4891 (in Eagle River), or 808-677-6206 (in Hawaii) to request your ballot. We will mail the ballot to you promptly at the address we have on file.
- Send your request by mail to MVFCU 1020 S. Bailey Street Palmer, AK 99645. Please include your first name, last name and an account number, and we will mail the ballot to you at the address we have on file.
- Stop by any MVFCU community office and request a ballot at one of our teller windows or in a drive-thru lane. Identification is required for all ballot requests made in person.
What is the deadline for requesting a paper ballot?
You may request a ballot by mail or over the telephone until Saturday, April 20, 2013. After that, you may request a paper ballot in person at any MVFCU community office, or you may vote online at www.mvfcu.coop.
How do I submit my paper ballot?
- Place your completed paper ballot in the specially-marked ballot envelope and seal it for privacy.
- Complete your Voter ID form, and place both the Voter ID form and the sealed ballot envelope into the provided Return Reply envelope.
- Drop the pre-addressed Return Reply envelope in the mail, or submit it in one of the locked ballot boxes in the lobby of any MVFCU community office.
In order to maintain the highest integrity in our elections, we cannot collect your ballot at a teller window or at the drive-through; please place your sealed return reply envelope directly into the locked ballot box.
If you are casting a ballot for an organizational account, please see the additional directions for casting a paper ballot below.
If I am voting for an organization, can I cast our organizational vote online?
No. Organization account electronic voting is not available at this time. Please cast your vote using a traditional paper ballot.
How do I cast a vote for an organization account?
Follow the procedure for requesting a paper ballot. When voting for an organization account, a Voter Agent form will accompany the paper ballot. This form must be completed to allow one person to submit the ballot for the group, in effect representing the group's wishes. Complete the ballot and the Voter ID form as instructed, AND complete and submit the Voter Agent Form designating a current MVFCU member on the account as the voting agent for the organization. Following the instructions for submitting a paper ballot above, place the completed Voter Agent Form, the completed Voter ID form and the sealed ballot envelope in the pre-addressed Return Reply envelope. Drop this envelope in any mailbox, or into one of the locked ballot boxes at any MVFCU community office.