Voter Registration, Absentee Ballots and Early Voting

Aug 18, 2016

Jade West, Senior Vice President-Government Relations
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW)
Executive Director, NAW Political Action Committee (NAW-PAC)

 Data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau after each Federal election consistently shows that millions of registered voters who are private sector employees fail to cast ballots in elections for high public office at all levels of government.  In 2014, 28% of registered non-voters said they failed to vote because they were “too busy.”  An additional 10% said they were out of town.  In light of the close political division that is apparent across the country today, and the narrow margins in many campaigns for President, governorships, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on down, it is apparent that had these millions of votes been cast, electoral outcomes could have – and in many cases would have – been quite different.

Tuesday, November 8th – Election Day – is less than 100 days away.  With control of both the White House and the legislative branch of the Federal Government so clearly in play and up-for-grabs between pro-business and anti-business forces, the outcome of this election has tremendous implications for employers and for the economy as a whole.

It is vital that business people including wholesaler-distributors and their supply chain partners vote.  In view of the effect government policy can have on your company and the way you manage it, it is simply a bad idea from a business perspective to leave any portion of the political power of our industry on the sidelines in any election. <>

And in this particularly tumultuous election year, it is critical that we don’t focus exclusively on the Presidential race – in many cases, voting in down-ballot races for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will be even more important than a vote for the top of the ticket.

To register to vote, learn about early voting procedures in your state, and to obtain an absentee ballot, please go to:

Finally, please encourage your management team to register, to familiarize themselves with early and absentee voting procedures, and to vote.  Share this message with your key executives and managers, please.

Go to now.

Many thanks.

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