Annual Local Council Officer Election Notice 2021

The  annual Local Council Officer elections will be conducted:

DATE:   October 2021

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Virtual- via Zoom          

Each local council will be voting in a chairperson and secretary to serve a one year term. Some local councils may also choose to elect a co-chair. Please check with your local council for more information.

How to Apply

You many nominate yourself by completing the CCSM Elected Representative Application. Anyone wishing to run for a position is required to read the Local Council Representative Job Description. This document can be obtained on the CCSM website or by contacting the CCSM Office: www.maineccsm.org or 1-877-207-5073

Applications must be received by 5 pm on October 15th.

All applications can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the CCSM office:

Consumer Council System of Maine ATT: SCC Rep Elections 219 Capitol Street, Suite 7
Augusta, ME 04330
EMAIL:  info@maineccsm.org FAX: 207-430-8301  

It is the applicants responsibility to contact the CCSM office to make sure their application was received.

Election Process

Local Council Officers will be selected by a ballot vote at their October Local Council meeting. Each qualified candidate will be permitted to present a brief oral statement and respond to questions from those in attendance. All candidates will be given an equal amount of time for statements and questions.

Candidates MUST attend the local council meeting for the position they are running for.  

At the conclusion of all statements and questions, attendees who identify as having lived mental health experience will take a vote by ballot.  Each person qualified to vote, including the candidates, may vote for only one candidate per ballot. At every election the CCSM holds, there is a “No Choice” option on each ballot. This option can be selected if you feel the candidate(s) are not qualified for the position. The candidates with the highest number of votes will be deemed selected as the Local Council Officers and will take office immediately.

The CCSM has the discretion to enact any additional procedures necessary to conduct the selection process, so long as they do not conflict with the CCSM Governance Guidelines or any other law.


EXCERPT FROM THE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES

ARTICLE III. Local Council (LC)

Section 11. Elections

  1. Applications: Any consumer wishing to fill a vacant seat as a LC Chair or Secretary must fill out the required application and present it to the LC 7 days in advance of the voting process which may elect them. Applications are readily available from the Chair of any LC or as found on the CCSM website for download. Applications will be shared with members to help them make a decision when voting. An election will move forward even if the candidate is not in attendance at the meeting.
  2. Timeline: All LC’s will have elections in October of each year. This will include SCC seats that are open as well as LC chair and secretary. Open positions will be announced and posted in August and applications will be due 7 days prior to the October meeting to the CCSM office.