No, we’re not talking about spamware dance challenges. We’re noting that time keeps ticking away towards Election Day – 39 days now, and just over a week until voter registration ends and early voting begins. It’s time for action, and we have some reminders and ideas for you later in this message.
And on the topic of time, sometimes making the right choice takes a little more of it…
A few weeks ago, we announced our Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) endorsement of Governor Holcomb for re-election, citing his record on issues from education and economic development to workplace protections for expectant moms, bolstered by his steady, data-driven leadership through the COVID crisis.
We also rolled out a slate of bipartisan legislative endorsements, and you may have noticed a common theme – we tend to support more incumbents than challengers. It’s not about playing it safe; we back candidates who support our issues, and value relationships that have been built at the Statehouse and bolstered by a voting record. If we don’t have a compelling choice, we’ll often stay out of a race.
But Ashley Eason is a compelling choice, running a challenger campaign that demands attention and earned the BAC endorsement for Indiana Senate District 36 (the near south side of Indianapolis through much of Perry Township and into Johnson County). She will bring an energetic new voice to the State Senate, and a welcome perspective on the issues that count.
If you’ve been around the Chamber for a while, you’ve seen how our agenda has changed along with our city, our region and its economy. Ashley’s views represent the progress we’re aiming for, too: A more inclusive economic development strategy that attracts good jobs and impactful local investment. A focus on talent, from education and workforce development to an emphasis on quality of life, so people want to live here and contribute to our economy – and feel welcome to put their skills to work in Indiana.
We could tick off more areas where we agree, but let’s just say we think the more you learn about Ashley Eason, the more you’ll like her…that’s why another week or two helped us make the right call in this tough race. Check out https://ashleyforindiana.com/ to learn more.
And speaking of tough races, where every vote counts…
This Means You!
From a political rapper (Talib Kweli), a political call to action for you – yes, you – to do your part to turn out the vote on November 3rd (and before). We’ve been pushing this message for weeks now, but with under 40 days until Election Day, this is the “we’re really serious” remix.
So we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt that you’re already registered and have a voting plan; now, we’re asking you to take it to the next level and amp up the communication with your employees, colleagues and other contacts. Here’s the checklist:
- Get registered (there’s still time!) – check your voting status at https://indianavoters.in.gov/, and take action by the October 5th deadline.
- The day after the deadline, early voting starts: You can vote in person and beat long Election Day lines from October 6th through November 2nd with limited locations but weekday, evening and weekend hours available to fit most schedules.
- While Indiana hasn’t embraced universal or truly ‘no excuse’ mail-in voting, there’s a long list of exemptions allowing absentee voting by mail that you and your employees may qualify for – like being over 65, or plans to be out of town or at work during the time the polls are open. Submit your online application for a mail-in ballot at https://indianavoters.in.gov (select ‘Vote by Mail’ under the Apply Online/Print Forms menu).
- Or just make sure to get to one of the county vote centers on November 3rd; polling places will be open from 6:00am-6:00pm; check the locations (https://vote.indy.gov/vote-centers/) and remember, you can go to any location to vote – just don’t forget to bring your I.D. and mask, and download a couple of distracting podcasts on your phone in case you run into lines.
Election Day is when you can also make a big difference as an employer: Consider giving your employees the day off to vote, or to volunteer to work the polls (Marion County is in desperate need of volunteers to staff the election, especially considering that the traditional volunteer base tends to be older and more susceptible to health concerns from being out and about this time). We know it may be difficult with today’s economic uncertainty…but the stakes have rarely been higher for ensuring a well-run, fair election – so consider a paid day off for poll workers.
Here at the Chamber, we’re doing our part, closing the office for Election Day. If you decide to do the same, let us know so we can give you a shout-out on social media and call out your corporate citizenship.
That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for more reminders about voting for the next 39 days. #DealWithIt