Co-ops Vote is a national, nonpartisan initiative organized by America's Electric Cooperatives to inform our members on key issues in our national, state, and local elections that would affect cooperatives and their ability to provide electric service.
Electric cooperatives like Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative were able to get their start thanks to policy from the 1930s, which enabled small communities to come together and form companies to bring power to their rural areas when larger, private companies did not see profit in meeting this need. Now over 80 years later, policy can still affect co-ops, for worse or better.
As members of an electric cooperative, you have an active stake in the successful operation of your co-op and benefit when your co-op is successful. We do not endorse or recommend any candidates or political parties for election. We simply ask for your support in efforts to defend the cooperative business model and the interests of rural communities at the polls. A cooperative may bring power to its community, but it is powered by its members. We could not do this without you.
We also encourage our members, regardless of political preference or party affiliation, to register to vote and get out to the polls. As a democratically-run business, Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative firmly holds the belief that democracy works best when everyone uses their voice.
The Co-ops Vote website allows users to learn about their local elections, the issues that their communities and cooperatives currently face, volunteering opportunities, and the voter registration process. We highly encourage all of our members to look into Co-ops Vote and to be motivated about participating in the democratic process.