Lend your Voice for North Dakota and Rural America
In 2016, rural America played a big part in our national elections – 500,000 MORE rural voters went to the polls than in 2012. This is an incredible story, as many in small towns and communities across our country went to the polls to ensure their voices were heard, and elected officials took notice. However, elections matter EVERY year.
2018 will be no different, and electric cooperatives have the opportunity to play a vital role in encouraging voter turnout and engaging on issues that matter most to us. This year, we must build on the momentum we started in 2016 to join with 42 million members of electric cooperatives around the country and remind our elected officials that electric cooperative members matter.
Electric co-ops are not-for-profit energy providers that are owned by the members they serve. They provide coverage for 88 percent of our nation’s counties. They are a foundation in their communities, and their members can make a difference in lending their voices to issues like workforce development, expanding funding for higher education, rural development funding, and maintaining access to affordable, reliable electricity.
To ensure that all electric co-op members do continue the drumbeat that started in 2016, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will maintain the successful Co-ops Vote program. This is a non-partisan initiative that remains quite simple at its core: to ensure that members are registered to vote, and encourage them to go to the polls for every election, and to ensure electric cooperative issues remain part of the national discussion.
By participating in the Co-ops Vote program in 2018, co-op members continue to send a resounding message that all candidates – at all levels – will need to put rural America’s concerns front and center to earn our vote. We proved in 2016 that with millions of electric co-op members speaking out with one voice, we could have a significant impact in making our top issues part of the national conversation.
In North Dakota, we have a high-profile U.S. Senate race, a U.S. Congressional race, impactful state ballot measures, legislative elections and several public official’s positions up for election. Your right to vote is a privilege we have as Americans. Before you go to the polls, do your homework to know what you are voting on and whom you are voting for, especially the initiated measures that would amend the ND Constitution.
We encourage everyone, regardless of their political beliefs, to join America’s electric cooperatives in this national effort. Let’s continue to stand up for the priorities of the rural electric co-op community – it’s more important now than ever. Learn more at www.vote.coop or ND.gov and search "voting."