North Carolina’s primary election is Tuesday, March 15, and electric cooperatives, including Union Power, are paying close attention to the candidates’ stance on energy issues, as well as other issues that may affect our local communities. There are some great resources available to provide members with the knowledge necessary to make decisions about candidates and about how energy issues impact Union Power, its members and our local communities.
Statewide Resources for Co-op Voters
Be looking for a special voter guide provided on pages 26-27 of the March issue of Carolina Country magazine, as well as an online voter guide found at carolinacountry.com/vote. Both resources will be available for cooperative members as a resource without commentary or conjecture. The online guide will be continually updated, and these resources are provided to help North Carolina electric co-op members educate themselves before heading out to the polls on March 15.
National Resource for Co-op Voters
Another great resource is Co-ops Vote, a non-partisan, nationwide effort launched by America’s electric cooperatives to promote voter participation in the communities they serve. Like the statewide resources, this initiative does not endorse specific candidates for office but only seeks to provide voter information for everyone. The new website, vote.coop, offers:
- Information on the voter registration process in their state
- Election dates, absentee and early voting info and a polling place locator
- Candidate information
- News and social media feeds to help members stay informed
Together, co-ops and their members can be a voice to help navigate the changing energy industry to determine what’s best for cooperatives and local communities. Union Power encourages members to set aside time to research the available information and exercise their right to vote.