Annual Members’ Meeting

Every year, SMECO conducts its members’ meeting for the purpose of electing directors and voting on bylaw changes. As a member, you have the right to vote.

Read the biographies of the 2022 board candidates.

2022 Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting is a business meeting. Ballots cast by mail and online will be included to make a quorum of 500. In addition to the 500 ballots, at least 50 members are required to attend the meeting in person to make a quorum.

  • Location: Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall
  • Date: August 25, 2022
  • Time: 6 p.m.


  • SMECO members can vote by mail or online. (No voting onsite.)
  • Members can vote for candidates in each county.
  • Look in your mail for your annual meeting notice, which includes your login credentials and instructions on voting online or by mail-in ballot. 
  • Ballots were mailed July 18. If you need to have a ballot sent to you, or if you need your log-in credentials to vote online, please contact SMECO at 1-888-440-3311.
  • If you are using the mail-in ballot, return it using the postage-paid envelope provided.
  • Ballots must be received or submitted online by August 18, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Voting results will be announced at the meeting.

Updating your address:

Ballots are mailed to all members. In order to receive your ballot, it’s important that SMECO has your correct mailing address.

To update your mailing information, you can call 1-888-440-3311 or you can use Account Manager online. To use Account Manager, click on “Sign In” at Log in with your password and user name. (Click "Enroll New User" to begin the setup process if you are a new user.) Select “View/Update Account Info” at the top right and update your information.

If you have multiple account addresses, you can designate the one where you would like to receive your annual meeting ballot by calling and speaking to a Customer Care Representative.

Prize drawing winners:

SMECO selected thirty prize winners at random from among the submitted ballots during the voting period of July 28 and August 10. If you are one of the lucky winners, SMECO will credit $50 to your electric bill.

An electric cooperative is shaped by the communities it serves:

SMECO has 15 directors, and every year, five directors are elected to three-year terms. SMECO members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors.

The annual meeting ballot also includes proposed amendments to SMECO’s bylaws. Bylaws govern the way an electric cooperative does business.

SMECO directors are part of the community:

SMECO’s Board of Directors meets every month to oversee the operations of the cooperative.

Directors are SMECO members like you, and they come from all walks of life.

Directors attend training sessions provided by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which serves about 900 electric cooperatives nationwide. Through NRECA, electric cooperatives across the country have built a strong network of like-minded organizations that put their members first.

As a cooperative, SMECO will always put its members first—the power you can count on:

As a cooperative, SMECO will always put its members first—the power you can count on.

SMECO was incorporated in 1937 and is one of the 15 largest electric cooperatives in the United States with more than 169,000 member accounts in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and southern Prince George’s counties.

At the end of each year, SMECO’s margins (profits) are allocated to members’ capital credit accounts. SMECO uses its profits to invest in new construction, system improvements, facility upgrades, and more. The Board of Directors regularly evaluates the financial condition of the cooperative and determines when members will receive a refund. Since 1937, SMECO has refunded $110 million.

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