Action #5 - 5 Actions for a Safe and Fair Election: Publicly Support a Safe and Secure Election
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- There has been a significant amount of misinformation regarding this election. Campaigns that call into question the security of mail in ballots are unfounded and create mistrust in the system.
- Voting fraud is extremely rare in the US, and voting by mail is no exception. In the past 20 years, over 250,000,000 votes have been cast by mail, roughly 25% of all votes in the last 5 elections and according to data from the Heritage Foundation, there have been only 1,290 proven cases of voter fraud.
- Utilize your platform as a business leader to make public statements in support of the safety and security of this election. Work to build trust in the vote by mail system by providing employees with the key facts and figures to counteract misinformation.
- Given the increased number of mail in ballots, election results are likely to take longer than usual this year. Set expectations and build trust among employees via communications campaign and targeted public statements.
- The Belfer Center's Defending Digital Democracy Project
- What is it: The Belfer Center's Defending Digital Democracy Project developed their National Election Data Set to comprehensively detail the most relevant state-specific regulations around voting procedures such as early voting, requesting and returning mail-in ballots, and processing and counting votes.
- What to do: Highlight to employees the the mail-in, early, and in-person voting regulations that will impact the timing of the election results across states. Use this data to set expectations amongst employees and encourage patience as results are counted.
- More in Common
- What it is: More in Common launched Democracy for President, an interactive website filled with resources for how to talk about the integrity of the election in a nonpartisan, non-polarizing way.
- What to do: Make use of the discussion guides and infographics on topics like trusting the election outcome and integrity of mail voting in internal and external communications.
- Save the Vote
- What it is: The Save The Vote campaign brings together the nation's top political and membership organizations from across the issue spectrum to combat voter suppression and threats to election integrity, such as disinformation.
- What to do: Use their messaging guidance and resources to support election integrity in internal and external communications. Encourage management and employees to subscribe to their newsletter and fact check updates.