Annual Statewide Consumer Council Election Notice 2021

The  annual Statewide Consumer Council (SCC) elections will be conducted:

DATE:   October 22, 2021

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

LOCATION: Virtual- via Zoom          

The following positions are open for application:

Farmington Local Council- 2-year term
Lewiston Local Council – 3-year term (1 position) and  2-year term (1 position)

PLEASE NOTE: The Statewide Consumer Council (SCC) is the governing body/legal board of directors with all the responsibilities that come with that position!

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 SCC 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 no later than October 15, 2021

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

Board members 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  which they are running for a Representative Seat.

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 to the Statewide Consumer Council 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 II. Statewide Consumer Council (SCC)

Section 7. Elections

  1. Applications: Any consumer wishing to fill a vacant seat as a SCC Rep must fill out the required application and present it to the CCSM office 7 calendar days in advance of the election. Applications are readily available from the Chair of any LC or are found on the CCSM website for download. A person can also call the CCSM office for a hard copy to be sent to them. Applications are not confidential and will be shared with members to help them decide when voting. An election will move forward even if the candidate is not in attendance at the meeting. All elections will take place in the October business meeting. If there is an election at a different time (for an unanticipated vacancy or for a new local council) applications are due to the CCSM office, no later than 5pm 7 days prior to the election. It is up to each candidate to make sure their application is at the CCSM office by the deadline. During the changes in the CCSM structure, the current term shall be extended until the regular October elections.
  • 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.