To the polls!

Pat O'Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives
Pat O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives

Just as summer winds down and the afternoons are cooling off, this year’s election cycle is heating up (who thought it could get any hotter?). While the presidential race makes daily headlines, numerous other state, local, and national offices are being contested. The results of the election will set a tone and direction for government policies nationally and for Ohio, which will likely affect the operation of your electric cooperative.

Despite the differences of opinion that we may have on individual candidates or political parties, it remains imperative that we exercise our right to vote. It’s a privilege, but it’s also a duty, and one with which we’re honored to be obliged. Our country remains unique in the world because we embrace individual rights and we encourage the peaceful expression of varying opinions. Our most powerful expression remains our right to vote.

Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives supports the “Co-ops Vote” campaign. In 2012, rural voter turnout was down a staggering 18 percent. We need to remedy that in 2016 — there’s too much at stake. There are millions of cooperative members eligible to vote, and together, we have the weight to impact election results.

Express your point of view — stand up and cast your vote this election season.

Voting Tips and Dates to Remember

1. Register to vote by Oct. 11.
2. Remember that early voting starts Oct. 12 (avoid the lines).
3. Absentee/mail-in ballots are available by contacting your county election board.
4. Visit www.action.coop to let your voice be heard on issues important to your community.
5. Contact your co-op to join ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® or to become more informed on issues that affect your electric co-op.
6. Vote on Nov. 8 if you chose not to vote early.