Politics may be a tough topic of conversation in the
workplace but encouraging people to vote should not be. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 64% of
eligible voters cast ballots in the 2004 presidential election up form 60% in
2000. Voter registration also increased
to 72% up 2 percentage points over the previous presidential election
year. Employers can provide non-partisan
information to encourage employees to exercise their constitutional right.
the July 4th weekend check out the information put together by the
Society for Human Resource Management; Get Out the Vote! (GOTV) 2008. You’ll find do’s and don’ts for employer communications,
state by state voter registration deadlines and Senate, House and Gubernatorial
election facts among other information. If you’re looking for more than black and white
communication visit the youth oriented Declare Yourself with video, interviews
and links to related blogs. Declare
Yourself features a section with instructions on how to register to vote. Instructions include checklists for voter
eligibility and forms that can be completed, printed and mailed to the
appropriate state office for processing.
or include a short article in an employee newsletter. Whatever you provide helps to encourage
employees participate in their democracy.