Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation is encouraging rural residents to vote this coming Tuesday, November 6. Randy Dwyer, AFBF advocacy and grassroots development director, says a vote Tuesday means rural voices will count.
Dwyer: It’s extremely important that folks who live in rural America take the time and exercise the right to vote because if we don’t do that and make our voices heard, concerns and issues that are near and dear to folks in rural communities will not be heard or represented in local government, state government, or at the federal level.
Clements: I Farm, I Vote, and Vote for Ag, are two Farm Bureau campaigns to spread the word about the importance of voting in the midterm elections.
Dwyer: Many states have used the I Farm, I Vote or a similar slogan to try and educate their member about the candidates out there. Many of our Farm Bureau members have received something in the mail about a voter guide and who is an endorsed candidate in their area. Again, this helps to identify candidates that are worthy of our vote.
Clements: Farm Bureau has resources available online for voters to learn more about issues and candidates.
Dwyer: We have on fb.org/advocacy a resource page for voters to go and find out where your polling place is, get some information about the candidates, to register to vote if that’s still possible at this point, it’s a great resource for anyone to take advantage of. Also, visit your state Farm Bureau website to see who the endorsed candidates might be.
Clements: Again, visit fb.org/advocacy for voter resources. Micheal Clements, Washington.