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Co-ops Vote - MEC named 5-Star Co-op

Menard Electric Named ‘5-Star Co-op’ by NRECA
Recognition honors co-op’s participation in nationwide get-out-the-vote effort

Menard Electric has been named a “5-Star Co-op” by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).  The 5-star designation recognizes MEC’s high level of participation in Co-ops Vote, a national get-out-the-vote campaign. The non-partisan campaign seeks to boost voter turnout in areas served by electric co-ops all across the country.

“Electric cooperatives play a unique and special role as a voice in their communities,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “That level of strong engagement is evident in the conversation MEC has created around the opportunity to vote. Elections are important, especially in rural areas, and MEC has used the Co-ops Vote program to increase awareness of our civic duty on every Election Day.  I’m pleased to congratulate them on this accomplishment as they make a real difference in the communities they serve.”

Five-star status marks the highest level of engagement in Co-ops Vote and is achieved when a participating co-op completes at least five activities under the program.

The Co-ops Vote campaign was launched by America’s electric co-ops in response to continued voter apathy, particularly in rural America.  Just nine percent of America selected Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominees.  Most of the nation chose not to vote.  And in the 2012 elections, rural voter turnout dropped 18 percent. Since its launch in February, more than 560 electric co-ops have joined forces through Co-ops Vote to increase voter turnout in areas served by co-ops, which include much of rural America.

More information on Co-ops Vote is available at, where people can take the pledge to vote in this year’s elections and find a variety of voter resources, including information on the candidates, registering to vote, voting locations and brief descriptions of key co-op issues.

NRECA is the service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. With 42 million members in 47 states, electric co-ops can stand together as a powerful voice in this year’s elections.

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