Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) encourages everyone to vote in this year’s elections on Nov. 8. The first step is to make sure you are registered to vote.
In September, SVEC began holding voter registration drives throughout our service territory, including on National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 25. The last opportunity will be at Autumnfest in Woodstock on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, Oct. 15.
Voting is an important right for every American. At SVEC, the civic virtue of voting is in our DNA. Encouraging voter participation in elections is one of the ways we demonstrate our cooperative principle of Democratic Member Control. Hosting opportunities for our communities to register to vote is a second way this voter registration program demonstrates our cooperative principles, our Concern for Community.
Aside from general elections, midterm elections being held this year are the highest profile elections in the country and give voters a chance to affect the makeup of the House and the Senate as well as to select their local legislators.
One challenge has been inspiring rural populations to turn out to vote. Research has demonstrated that updating voter registration in advance is the surest way to ensure people have trouble-free experiences at the polls.
Please consider registering to vote this year and let your voice be heard at the ballot box!
SVEC has been named a “5-Star Co-op” by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The 5-star designation recognizes SVEC’s high level of participation in Co-ops Vote, a national get-out-the-vote campaign. The non-partisan campaign seeks to engage voters and boost voter turnout in areas served by electric co-ops all across the country.
Five-star status marks the highest level of engagement in Co-ops Vote and is achieved when a participating cooperative completes at least five activities under the program.