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TO:  Industry Leaders and Partners

Data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau has revealed that millions of registered voters who are private sector employees fail to cast ballots in elections for high public office at all levels of government, and that a significant portion of them – perhaps as high as 30 % – fail to vote because they are either out of town or simply too busy.  In light of the close political division that is apparent across the country today, and the narrow margins in many campaigns for President, governorships, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on down, it is apparent that had these millions of votes been cast, electoral outcomes could have – and in many cases would have – been quite different.

Tuesday, November 4th – Election Day – is just over 12 weeks away.  With control of both houses of the Congress so clearly in play and up-for-grabs between the political parties and pro-business and anti-business forces, the outcome of this election has tremendous implications for employers and for the economy as a whole.

It is vital that business people including wholesaler-distributors and their supply chain partners vote.  In view of the effect government policy can have on your company and the way you manage it, it is simply a bad idea from a business perspective to leave any portion of the political power of our industry on the sidelines in any election.  To register to vote, learn about early voting procedures in your state, and to obtain an absentee ballot, please go to:

Finally, please encourage your management team to register, to familiarize themselves with early and absentee voting procedures, and to vote.  Share this message with your key executives and managers, please.

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