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Like all North Carolina electric cooperatives, Roanoke Electric Co-op is based on the principle of democratic member control, meaning that all member-owners served by the co-op have a vote and a voice in setting the co-op’s policies and strategic direction.
This commitment to democratic decision-making extends to the co-op's efforts to reach out to members of Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly to make them aware of cooperative priorities and issues that affect co-op member-owners, and advocate for legislative changes that will positively impact our co-op and the diverse communities we serve.
Co-ops Vote is a non-partisan program designed to boost voter turnout in areas served by electric cooperatives across the country to ensure their member-owners' voices are heard and issues that concern them are prioritized every day, especially on Election Day. The program continues cooperatives' commitment to raising awareness in rural communities.
In the 2012 national elections, voter turnout in rural communities dropped by 18 percent -- twice that of the nation as a whole. Co-ops Vote was created as a way to boost voter participation to represent the concerns of rural Americans at a national level. In July 2018, Roanoke Electric Co-op joins the fight with electric cooperatives across the country to make its member-owners' voices heard.
The non-partisan campaign does not endorse nor recommend candidates, rather, it educates member-owners on candidates' stances on important co-op issues.