At 9:30 a.m., lawyer Joe D. Whitley — who is not connected to either the company or the plaintiffs — will moderate a meeting during which each candidate will have five minutes to address members, followed by up to one hour of member comments. There are about 29 candidates. At five minutes each, that’s more than 2½ hours just for candidate talks.
Members do not have to attend the meeting in order to vote.
Election Services, Inc., a New York-based firm that also handled the utility’s elections last fall, is in charge of counting the ballots, and results are expected to be announced by around 4 p.m.
Cobb EMC members — those whose names are on the bill from EMC — will have to show a photo ID to get a ballot. J.J. Daniell Middle School, which is across Piedmont Road from the church on Scott Road, will be available for overflow parking.
Candidates run for seats based on the company’s 10 geographical service areas, and although they must live in the area they represent, members may vote for directors in all 10 areas.
A candidate must get a majority of the votes (50 percent plus one) in his or her area to win outright. If no candidate gets a majority in any of the six areas on Saturday, that contest will go to a runoff between the top two vote-getters.
Runoffs, if needed, will be April 21 at Piedmont Church.