The top priority of Florida's electric cooperatives is providing member-owners with safe, reliable and affordable energy. But this job requires more than stringing and maintaining power lines. It requires political engagement. That may seem far removed from our core mission, but it’s absolutely essential to the services cooperatives provide.
That’s why electric co-ops in Florida and across the country are participating in Co-ops Vote, a nonpartisan program that encourages all co-op members to participate in national, state and local elections. The program also aims to educate political candidates and elected officials about the important role electric cooperatives play in their local communities.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the service organization representing the nation’s electric co-ops, launched Co-ops Vote in 2016. Co-ops Vote started as a national get-out-the-vote initiative that helped drive rural voter turnout.
As co-ops, the civic virtue of voting is in our DNA. We show concern for community—one of the seven cooperative principles—through participation in our democracy.
“We want all of our members to take full advantage of their freedom and right to vote. I encourage everyone to study their ballots before voting. Know and understand what the candidates and amendments stand for before making your mark. As a cooperative and a community, our voices are heard,” said Derek Chadwell, WFEC Vice President, Member Services and External Affairs.
Co-ops have another advantage. Elected officials and decision-makers across the political spectrum trust us because of the work the electric cooperative family has put into political engagement. When we all get involved, we can make things happen politically and in our local communities.
We know Election Day may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s why we’re encouraging all co-op members to stay engaged and informed about any changes to polling locations
or absentee and mail-in balloting procedures.
Voting is central to American democracy. We hope you will commit to cast your ballot on November 3. To learn more about the upcoming elections and access resources that can help you stay informed, visit www.vote.coop or contact your local supervisor of elections office.
(850) 674-8568 or www.votecalhoun.com
Holmes County: (850) 547-1107 or www.holmeselections.com
Jackson County: (850) 482-9652 or www.jacksoncountysoe.org
(850) 638-6230 or www.wcsoe.org