As President and CEO of Owen Electric Cooperative, I care deeply about the
communities we serve and want the very best for every one of our members.
But as the presidential election draws closer, I’m reminded of a troubling
statistic. In the 2012 elections, voter turnout in rural communities dropped
by 18 percent—twice the decline seen nationally. That means the voice of
rural America isn’t resonating as strongly as it should with our elected