Electric cooperatives play a unique and special role as a voice in their communities. This level of strong engagement is evident in the conversation DREMC has created around the opportunity to vote. Elections are important, especially in rural areas, and DREMC has used the Co-ops Vote program to increase awareness of our civic duty on every Election Day.
The Co-ops Vote campaign was launched by America’s electric co-ops in response to continued voter apathy, particularly in rural America. According to officials, rural voter turnout dropped 18 percent in the 2012 presidential election. Since the Co-ops Vote launched its initiative, more than 560 electric co-ops have joined forces through Co-ops Vote to increase voter turnout in areas served by co-ops, which include much of rural America.
More information on Co-ops Vote is available at www.vote.coop, where you can register to vote and find a variety of voter resources, including information on the candidates, election dates, voting locations and brief descriptions of key co-op issues.