There’s an old political saying: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” This adage is the perfect answer to the question, “why vote?” It’s a blunt description of what happens when you don’t engage in the political process.
If you don’t vote, you’re not only missing the opportunity to support a candidate who shares your views and concerns, you’re allowing others to chart a course that impacts your future. That’s why we’re encouraging all Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. members to recognize National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22, 2020. Whether you’re registering yourself or others to vote or helping members of our community get organized, there are many ways to get involved.
Your Vision, Your Vote
While local and state elections may not be as exciting as the high-profile presidential election, they are just as critical. These elections have a direct impact on your community and on your quality of life.
Like the national level, local and state elections represent who we are as a community, and more importantly, where we want to go. Whether it’s an election for a mayor, sheriff, state representative, or school board, your vision for the community is tied to your vote.
Voting keeps elected officials accountable. Elections are a direct and tangible source of feedback.
Staying in Sync with the Community
A strong voter turnout shows investment in the community and ensures diverse views are represented. The whole community benefits when more people participate in the process because greater numbers reflect a consensus on the direction of the future and the will of the people.
By voting in national, state, and local elections, you are serving as a role model for your family, friends and colleagues. The act of voting demonstrates your support for the community and helps officials chart a course for the future. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Research candidates, learn about issues on the ballot, and get out and vote!
To learn more about National Voter Registration Day or to get involved, visit www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org.