In case you haven’t heard, there is a major election this Tuesday, November 8. Our Chamber’s mission to encourage voters to get informed and vote is stronger than ever.
We don’t mean to be condescending by the statement, “in case you haven’t heard.” Of course you have! Between the constant media coverage (and social media conversations!) on the presidential race to local tv ads and direct mail for our U.S. Senate race, it’s hard escaping all the political messaging. Our point is regarding voter turnout. It’s way too low in our parish.
So we are happy to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to encourage voter participation in Tuesday’s elections.
With so much at stake this election, it is essential that the business community is a part of the debate and has a voice in determining the direction of the country. Voting is a fundamental right and responsibility and we are encouraging our nearly 1,000 member businesses to encourage their almost 30,000 employees to exercise that right this election.
The new Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) tool is an online platform that provides integration to state specific elections, as well as active polling place locators. The tool, provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is available at voteforjobs.com
The Voter Toolkit is part of the business community’s national VoteForJobs initiative. This effort is aimed at mobilizing voters in the business community and is not intended to tell employees who to vote for, but rather provide education and information so that you can make informed decisions when going to the polls.
Besides the Presidential and U.S. Senate races, there will be six state constitutional amendments on the ballot. During our recent board meeting there was consensus to support Constitutional Amendment 2 – which would authorize the boards of supervisors of the LSU, Southern University, University of Louisiana, and the Community and Technical Colleges systems to establish tuition and fees charged by the institutions under their supervision without requiring a two-thirds vote of legislative approval. We hope that you will consider voting for this important amendment that will put the power back into the hands of our higher ed leaders, who need the authority to be able to manage their own schools instead of leaving it to the elected officials.
And if nothing else, we want to remind our readers that every vote will count! We urge you to exercise this freedom in this and every election. Polling locations will be open from 6:00 am-8:00 pm., this Tuesday, November 8.