Election Day is an opportunity for the 12 million men and women who make things in America to elect public officials who understand the importance of a strong manufacturing sector.
Below are some creative ways to encourage and empower employees to make their vote count:
- Include absentee ballot request forms in paycheck envelopes for all employees
- Stock the breakroom or kitchen with absentee ballot request forms
- Assign days for ‘election ambassadors’ equipped with computers, iPads and printers to take over a common room and help employees register to vote through TurboVote, find their polling places, etc.
- Set up a GOTV resource center on your internal website that can include: voting dates and deadlines, information on your local elected officials (including links to their websites), link to the NAM Election Center, a link to your PAC resources for PAC-eligible employees (if applicable)
- Mail voter information packets to home addresses where they or their family may be more likely to see them
- Co-host a voter registration drive with a local community group (i.e. the Chamber of Commerce or League of Women Voters) held at a public location
- Utilize pre-crafted customizable GOTV language for company emails, newsletters, Facebook and Twitter
- Incorporate voter registration information into company-wide events, such as training, retreats or staff parties
- Invite local candidates to visit the company and host a tour and town-hall meeting for them to answer voters’ questions
- Ask department heads and team leaders to encourage workers to vote at the beginning or end of weekly meetings
With November 8 approaching quickly, large and small manufacturing employers and employees across the country must recognize the importance of voting and electing candidates who will fight for the manufacturing industry.
Please email Leann Paradise if you have questions.