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ow voter turnout has been a topic of conversa on for the last several elec on


cycles. Since the 1960s, voter turnout during presiden al elec ons has seen a steady decline – with the occasional up ck here and there. In the 2016 primary elec on cycle, voter turnout in most states was only 21 to 30 percent, and this was a record year for primary voter turnout! In Oklahoma, we saw a voter turnout percentage of 28.6.


Cindy Hefner


Some speculate the reason for the decline is because the average American is not as engaged in poli cs as they have been in the past. And who can blame us really? O en  mes, we may feel like candidates are not speaking to the issues we care about. Or perhaps we don’t feel like we understand enough about the candidates’ stances on the issues, or even the issues themselves. But we can change this.


Manager of Public Rela ons


Northeast Oklahoma Electric wants to see civic engagement in our rural communi es increase. We want you to have what you need to make informed decisions about candidates at all levels of government, not just the presiden al race. And we want you to know more about the issues that could impact our local communi es.


America’s electric coopera ves are doing their part by informing co-op staff and members through Coops Vote, a non-par san campaign with one simple goal: increase voter turnout at the polls this November. By visi ng vote.coop, you can learn about your candidates, access voter registra on informa on and more. Also, on pages 10 and 12 of this issue, we have included a brief summary of the state ques ons you will be asked to consider on November 8, as they appear on ok.gov.


We encourage you to visit vote.coop and take the pledge to learn more about the issues that impact us locally. Let’s work together for our communi es by increasing voter turnout and guiding our country, one vote at a  me. 


Northeast Connection is published monthly to communicate with the members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.


Offi cers and Trustees


PRESIDENT - Dandy A. Risman, District 5 VICE PRESIDENT - John L. Myers, District 4


SECRETARY-TREASURER - Benny L. Seabourn, District 2


ASST. SECRETARY-TREASURER - Everett L. Johnston, District 3 Harold W. Robertson, District 1 Sharron Gay, District 6


James A. Wade, District 7 Bill R. Kimbrell, District 8 Jimmy Caudill, District 9


Management Team Anthony Due, General Manager


Larry Cisneros, P.E., Manager of Engineering Services Susanne Frost, Manager of Offi ce Services Cindy Hefner, Manager of Public Relations Tim Mixson, Manager of Operations


Connie Porter, Manager of Financial Services


Vinita headquarters: Four and a half miles east of Vinita on Highway 60/69 at 27039 South 4440 Road. Grove offi ce: 212 South Main.


Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offi ces are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Available 24 hours at: 1-800-256-6405


If you experience an outage: 1. Check your switch or circuit breaker in the house and on the meter pole to be sure the trouble is not on your side of the service.


2. When contacting the cooperative to report an outage, use the name as it appears on your bill, and have both your pole number and account


number ready.


Please direct all editorial inquiries to Communications Specialist Clint Branham at 800-256-6405 ext. 9340 or email clint.branham@neelectric.com.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Remember to No November 8 VOTE


If you wish to fi le a Civil Rights program complaint of dis- crimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found on-line at http://www.ascr.usda. gov/complaint_fi ling_cust.html, or at any USDA offi ce, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information request- ed in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Offi ce of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Av- enue, S. W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.


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