Protect Democracy

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Protect Democracy

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) recognizes that protecting democracy includes doing work in between national elections. Republican state legislatures across the country have introduced more than 250 pieces of legislation restricting voting access tens of millions of voters. The Georgia bills, HB 531 and SB 241 would end no-excuse absentee voting, limit early voting hours, restrict drop-boxes for mail ballots, and curtail early voting on Sundays (a key day for Black voters). To support our ongoing efforts to protect democracy, ASBC is currently working in Georgia to ensure voter access for all and specifically working to:

  • Ensure that early voting rules stand
  • Ensure that ballot boxes are made permanent 
  • Ensure that no excuse absentee rules are made permanent

Strong leadership is needed to ensure a fair and free democracy, and ASBC strongly supports all business leaders who are dedicated to breaking down the barriers that exist for voters across the nation.

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Read the Business Case for Supporting Voter Access and Strengthening Democracy Here

Voting is a cornerstone characteristic for a functioning democracy and preserving rule of law. In the United States, voter turnout lags most developed countries, with only 56% of voter-age Americans turning out in the 2016 election. For a well-functioning and sustainable economy, businesses must support participation amongst its stakeholder groups in all democratic rights and responsibilities and advocate for voter laws to reflect the constantly changing times.