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The Bipartisan Policy Center and its supporters are calling on enterprises of all shapes and sizes to use these guidelines to encourage more civic engagement. In the coming weeks, BPC and its partners will be sharing these principles with corporate and nonprofit leaders to inspire greater awareness and support for responsible civic engagement at this critical time.

BPC Leading National Effort with Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations to Improve the Electoral Process

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“We are excited to partner with these leading corporate and nonprofit organizations in a unified effort to increase civic engagement in our country,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “Expressing our varying political and ideological differences is fundamental to the American experience and essential in finding common ground solutions. Civic engagement is the means by which Americans can encourage policymakers to solve problems that touch every one of us.”

Participating Organizations

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Principles 

“The election officials of America should welcome the creative, powerful and forward-looking strategies the Bipartisan Policy Center is launching,” said Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who has spent most of her adult life in election administration and working on reforms at the county, state and national level. “It is the job of all of us to work tirelessly to remove barriers, promote civility, and encourage people to vote and get engaged in democracy. We are a better nation when that happens. We desperately need better civic dialogue and involvement by each and every qualified voter.”

Programs and Best Practices

To implement the core principles, the initiative has developed the following set of programs and best practices that members can utilize to support civic engagement:

Facilitating Voter Registration 

Support for Voluntary Employee Service at the Polling Place

“Increased civic engagement is the solution to many of America’s pressing problems,” said former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, a co-chair of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform. “The more citizens are encouraged to get involved, the more likely they will trust the election process. The leadership of our corporate and nonprofit partners is a major step towards improving our political system and creating a sense of community.”


Recommendation from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration on Employer/Employee Poll Worker Initiatives

Jurisdictions should recruit public and private sector employees, as well as high school and college students, to become poll workers.

In recent years, some programs have also been instituted to encourage employers to make opportunities for poll worker service available to their employees. Two states provide by law that employers must afford their employees these opportunities without penalty. Other states have developed programs to recognize employers for supporting those employees who wish to work on Election Day. Examples include the “Champions for Democracy: program in Franklin County, Ohio, and in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Making Voting Popular.” Read more