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Join Fort Loudoun Electric Co-op (FLEC) at the Polls on Election Day

9/23/2016

Join Fort Loudoun Electric Co-op (FLEC)
at the Polls on Election Day

The presidential election is just 47 days away, and FLEC is listening hard to what the candidates have to say about issues that impact our community—but we’re doing much more than listen.

We’ve joined with hundreds of other electric co-ops across the country in a national program to turn out as many co-op voters as possible on Election Day. That program is called Co-ops Vote, and we’re hoping you’ll join the thousands of others who have pledged to go to the polls on November 8.

Co-ops Vote, a non-partisan initiative of America’s electric cooperatives, is a voter mobilization campaign with a very specific purpose: to boost the political clout of rural America. Because in the 2012 elections, turnout among rural voters decreased by 18 percent—twice the decline seen nationally. This means the voice of rural communities isn’t resonating with our elected leaders as strongly as it should.

As a member-owned business with deep ties here in Blount, Loudon, and Monroe Counties, we want to do our part to turn this around. That’s why we’re reaching out to the over 31,900 members we serve to urge them to vote in this year’s elections. In fact, we hope everyone who reads this will exercise their right to vote.

We will urge members to register and vote in the upcoming elections at our annual meeting and through local media releases such as this. 

More than 560 electric co-ops are participating in Co-ops Vote, and several thousand people have taken the Co-ops Vote pledge to get out and vote in this election. Anyone can take the pledge online by visiting www.vote.coop. We hope you’ll add your voice to the growing chorus of co-op voters who want to make sure the candidates know we’re going to the polls in November.

Need to register to vote or check on your registration status?  You can contact your local election commission.

Blount Co.Election Commission  
383 Court Street
Maryville, TN  37804
Phone:  (865) 273-5920
Susan Hughes, Administrator

Loudon Co. Election Commission
100 River Road
Loudon, TN 37774
Phone: (865) 458-2560
Susan Harrison, Administrator 

Monroe Co. Election Commission
401 Main Street PO Box 397
Madisonville, TN 37354
Phone: (423) 442-2461
James R. Brown, Administrator

 Everyone should have a say in selecting the candidates whom they feel will best serve their community. Every vote counts, now more than ever. We hope to see you at the polls on November 8.

Register to Vote

Voter Eligibility

To be eligible to vote in Tennessee, you must be a citizen of the United States.  You must be (18) years of age or older on or before the date of the next election.  You must be a resident of Tennessee.  View Guidelines for Determining Residency and special considerations for Homeless Persons Residency and Non-resident Property Owners.  You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your voting rights must have been restored.  View Restoration of Voting Rights.  In order to participate in an election, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than thirty (30) days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least thirty (30) days before the election. T.C.A 2-2-109.
 

How to Register to Vote

You can download and complete the Voter Registration Application and mail the application to your county election commission.  Also, you may pick up voter registration applications in person at the following locations:

  • County Election Commission Offices
  • County Clerk’s Offices
  • Public Libraries
  • Register of Deeds Offices

or during a transaction with one of the following agencies:

  • Department of Health (WIC program)
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Dates to Note:

  • Last day to request and process an absentee ballot- November 1, 2016
  • Last day to register to vote-October 11, 2016
  • Early Voting dates: October 19-November 3, 2016
  • ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016

 

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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