The elec Tric MeMbership cooperatives
(eMcs) in Georgia come together each year
and create an exhibit at sunbelt to offer
expo attendees information on current
energy issues and electric safety.
This year, eMc volunteers will be
encouraging visitors to go to the polls in
November to make sure rural America’s
voice is heard.
in 2016, rural America played a big part
in our national elections. That year, 500,000
more rural voters went to the polls than in
2012. We saw an increase in the rural voter
turnout as thousands of citizens in small
towns and communities across our country
voted, ensuring their voices were heard —
and elected officials took notice.
but, elections matter every year, including
this year, when all members of the U.s.
house of representatives, one-third of the
U.s. senate, dozens of governors, thousands
of state legislators, and numerous other
state and local officials will be elected.
The Georgia eMcs exhibit will feature
information on the co-ops Vote program
( www.vote.coop), a non-partisan program
encouraging rural voters to go to the polls.
We proved in 2016 that when millions of
eMc members speak with one voice, we
can have a major impact in making our top
issues part of the national conversation.
These issues include the reliability and price
of electricity, rural infrastructure, and access
to rural broadband, just to mention a few.
in addition to co-ops Vote information,
the Georgia’s eMcs tent will offer a variety
of exhibits, including the ever-popular high
voltage demonstrations. electric safety
continues to be a primary focus of eMcs
education, since agricultural accidents pose
a serious danger across the country.
To explain, the eMcs will present four
high voltage demonstrations each day at
9: 30 a.m., 11: 30 a.m., 1: 30 p.m., and 3: 30
p.m., where attendees can witness firsthand
the consequences of coming into contact
with power lines.
“sunbelt gives us the ability to interact
with attendees, share safety tips, and
remind them that electric co-ops are not-for-profit service organizations established
by community members to supply power
to their homes and farms,” says Gale cutler,
senior public relations coordinator with
For a great photo op, the eMcs welcome
children to become “electric linemen.” Kids
can suit up with line worker equipment,
then “climb” a mock electric pole, with
supervision, to see what it takes to get the
lights back on. each new “lineworker” will be
given a child’s plastic lineman helmet while
Adding more entertainment, while
delivering important information, Oscar the
robot is back again this year to interact with
attendees and share messages of electric
safety. The life-size robot entertains guests
and is a familiar sight to the public.
The exhibit also features complimentary
bottled water for weary attendees. bags
of popcorn, shaded seating, and a place to
relax on the expo grounds have become a
much-appreciated amenity for the public.
And remember to watch overhead each
morning at 9:00 and again at 4 p.m. for the
return of the Touchstone energy hot air
balloon, which is scheduled to fly over the
Georgia eMcs encouraging rural
America to get out and vote!
Demonstrations on high voltage safety are
conducted each day of the Expo.
Free popcorn and
bottled water are
offered at the
Oscar the Robot is a perennial favorite at the
EMCs are urging residents of rural America
to vote in November elections.
Kevin Atkins (256) 706-9405
WHITE HAWK RANCH
Gary R. Hedrick (678) 858-0914
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