Your vote. Your voice.

On November 8, 2022, voters will head to the polls and decide the fate of hundreds of candidates in the midterm elections. All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate are at stake. Several governors will be elected and 88 of the country’s 99 state legislatures hold their regular elections on November 8. This represents 6,166 of the country’s 7,383 state legislative seats.

Every race in the midterm election—whether local, state, or federal—is important and can have a big impact on a person’s work, community, and daily life. That’s why it’s so important to vote and encourage others in your company to do the same.

As an employer, you are well placed to discuss elections with employees and provide them with the tools they need to become informed and motivated voters. Many employees may already be registered to vote, but there are many who are not or have outdated registration information. There are also many who don’t know when key dates are and may miss voting because they are out of town on Election Day. For these reasons, it is important to continue to talk to employees about the possibility of voting and the impact of their vote.

In 2020, 66.8% of citizens 18 and older voted in the presidential election, according to the US Census Bureau. Despite being the highest turnout of the 21st century, around a third of those eligible did not vote in 2020.

To help reinforce this commitment, Employee Voter Registration Week (EVRW) will be held September 26-30, 2022. This effort – organized by the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) including the American Rental Association (ARA) is a member — is designed to encourage people to register to vote across the country.

During this EVRW, businesses and associations will come together to encourage voter registration among private sector employees. The initiative does not tell employees how to vote or who to vote for, but rather provides information to help employers encourage voter registration.

Ways to participate include:

  • Send voting information to employees.
  • Hold a voter registration campaign.
  • Post important election dates in your company’s break room or common area. These dates could include voter registration deadlines, absenteeism, early voting and mail-in voting deadlines, and the date of election day.

Another way is to share a link to the ARA Voter Resource Center – ARAvotes.com. This site is available to anyone in the equipment and event rental industry. Users can type in their address to find personalized voting information, such as important election dates, information on how to register to vote, polling locations, and details on different ways to vote. The ARA’s Voter Resource Center also offers information on major issues, elected officials and the latest political news.

Election day is a few months away, but now is the time to make sure you’re registered and gather information to determine how you’ll vote. All states except North Dakota require citizens to register if they wish to become voters. Depending on your state, the registration deadline can be up to one month before an election.

This is also a time to think about how you will vote as Election Day approaches. There are options depending on the state you live in. In addition to voting in person on Nov. 8, some states allow voters to vote by mail or mail on or before Election Day. To do so, voters must request a ballot from their state. Some states may require voters to submit a valid excuse as to why they wish to vote by mail. Others can vote by mail for whatever reason they wish to do so. Each state has its own set of deadlines and rules for how the vote is conducted. By visiting ARAvotes.com, users can find rules and deadlines for voting by mail specific to their state.

“We encourage everyone in the industry to take advantage of the ARA’s Voter Resource Center. It was designed to be a one-stop-shop for all the voting information people need. The goal is to make the process as easy as possible to encourage everyone to register and vote in this midterm election,” said John McClelland, Ph.D., Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Economist of the ARA. “Now is the time to make sure you and your employees are registered to vote and informed.”

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