Make the Voice of the Business Community Heard & Vote on November 6

Aug 30, 2018

Americans will take to the polls on November 6, Election Day. Iowa has some very important races this year, meaning it’s crucial that the business community’s voice is heard on the local, state and federal level. We encourage all Economic Alliance members and the entire business community to vote.

Each year, the Economic Alliance publishes a Voter Guide in which we ask local and state candidates to address why they believe the business community should vote for them. Look for that to go live on our website prior to Election Day. In the meantime, now is the time to get ready for the big day by ensuring you are ready to vote by November 6.

Beginning October 8, find your General Election polling place and view a sample ballot on your respective county’s website. If you need to register to vote or want to obtain an absentee ballot, head to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

A recent ruling from the Iowa Supreme Court clarifies that voters, either absentee or in-person, are not required to provide identification in order to vote until 2019. As there are several cases still pending, it is expected that the courts will continue to need to rule and provide Iowa voters with clarity on the state’s voter identification laws. We’ll keep you updated with other information that impacts voting in the future.

Voting is one of the best ways to make the voice of the business community heard to elected officials. Our advocacy work on behalf of members is another way to educate elected officials on important pro-business and pro-growth issues. We want our members to weigh in with what they think we should advocate for in 2019.

  • Do you have ideas that will improve Iowa’s business environment?
  • What should policymakers be doing to build and strengthen Iowa’s workforce?
  • How can we enhance our communities and make them more attractive to retain and recruit employees?
We take your feedback into consideration when building our 2019 state and federal public policy priorities, and also when we engage with statewide groups also setting agendas that affect policies throughout Iowa. The Iowa Association of Business and Industry and the Iowa Chamber Alliance are two groups we meet with each year to share issues and challenges important to our region and also provide input and solutions to help drive statewide policy.

Contact Public Policy Strategist Barbra Solberg at bsolberg@cedarrapids.org with your ideas, suggestions and comments.


Category: Public Policy

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