Sec’y of State, Ky. Electric Cooperatives partner up to improve rural voter turnout

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives (KAEC) on Wednesday, launching the organization’s “Co-ops Vote” campaign. She spoke to high school students representing each of the Kentucky cooperatives in Frankfort, and urged them to get out the vote in their home areas.

“As a Commonwealth, we have work to do to increase voter turnout in all of our elections – especially in rural Kentucky where turnout is below the state average in almost every cycle,” said Grimes. “I appreciate our electric cooperatives working hard to urge citizens in rural areas to vote in this important election year. I am excited to be a partner in their efforts as we continue to work to get more Kentuckians to the polls.”

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In the 2012 elections, decline in voter turnout in rural counties was approximately 18 percent, which equaled twice the decline in the United States overall. In last year’s General Election, 66 of Kentucky’s 120 counties – many of them rural – failed to meet the 30 percent statewide turnout average.

Co-ops Vote is a non-partisan effort to boost voter turnout in areas served by electric cooperatives across the country to ensure that the voices of rural electric members are heard loud and clear every day, and especially on Election Day.