Earlier this year, NCBA CLUSA launched the Twin Pines Voter Project—a program of Co-ops Vote. In partnership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, this program seeks to engage the cooperative community in non-partisan activities to support voter registration and engagement with candidates and elected officials in your community ahead of National Voter Registration Day on September 20, 2022.
Today, we’re pleased to share an exclusive link for co-ops and co-op supporting organizations to become a Co-ops Vote Community Partner.
So, what does it mean to be a Co-ops Vote Community Partner?
- Share information about voter registration and the upcoming National Voter Registration Day event
- Host a voter registration event on September 20, 2022 (in-person, virtual, or hybrid)
Voter engagement is essential to a healthy community and hosting a voter registration drive is a great way to contribute to your community’s wellbeing. Hosting a voter registration drive is not scary! It’s also not partisan, nor is it political. This work is to help member-owners and communities exercise their fundamental rights of voting.
To host a successful voter registration drive, you’ll need to familiarize your state’s voter registration information and requirements. You can easily access this information at vote.coop.
The Twin Pines Voter Project is one way for cooperatives to practice the fifth cooperative principle: education, training, and information. From the International Cooperative Alliance guidance notes:
Member education should help members understand the rights and responsibilities of membership, including their duty to exercise their democratic rights. Member education can help secure an active and informed membership and ensure that elected representatives and leaders are ones who share their vision and aspirations for the success of their co-operative, and have the necessary skills to carry out their responsibilities. Such programmes should lead to not only better, more committed co-operators, but also more active citizens. Active co-operators are often active in other civil society organisations too. Co-operative education aims to develop transferable skills essential for civil society, not just economic units. Co-operative member education should be concerned to ensure that members are active members of civil society and participate in the diverse civil society organisations open to them that strengthen and enrich the fabric and culture of human decency.