An astounding amount of Americans sit out elections every year. In 2008 and 2012 rural voter turnout dropped by 18 percent. This trend was reversed in 2016 when America’s electric cooperatives launched a campaign to reverse that trend. Go to www.vote.coop and follow links that give you valuable assistance with such important and time-saving activities as registering to vote, absentee voting and early voting. Information about candidates is also provided in a non-partisan fashion.