Tonight’s presidential debate from the University of Denver kicks off the ‘stretch run’ for President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mitt Romney’s quest for the White House. After tonight, the candidates will have just over a month left to convince voters they have the right experience and vision to lead the country over the next four years.
Country-wide polls indicate the contest remains close. President Obama, who just a week ago appeared to begin pulling away from Governor Romney in such key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Virginia, now finds himself in a neck-and-neck race in Florida and Virginia. Neither candidate appears to have a lock on the 270 Electoral College votes needed to capture the presidency.
Will this trend hold true until Election Day? Your guess is as good as ours, but there’s more to November 6 than the election for president!
Voters across the country will go to the polls to decide the outcome of all 435 seats (as well as six delegates and or commissioners representing the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico) in the U.S. House of Representatives; 33 seats in the United States Senate; 11 governorships and thousands of state and local races – not to mention the hundreds of ballot initiatives that will be decided in 33 days from today.
It’s time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for Election Day?”
If you haven’t registered or don’t know whether you’re registered to vote, contact your state’s Board of Elections today to see if there’s still time to register. Also, if you’re planning to organize a Get Out the Vote drive or an Election Night ‘Returns Party’ in your area, or just wish to check the schedule of the remaining debates, access SHRM’s Have a Voice webpage for some helpful tips by clicking HERE. There, you’ll also find information, photos and videos of SHRM’s participation during the GOP and Democratic Nominating Conventions earlier this summer – as well as other information pertaining to public policy issues HR grapples with each day in the workplace.
Remember, as former Treasury Secretary William E. Simon for presidents Nixon and Ford once said, “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” The same holds true in state and local elections.
While SHRM does not endorse political candidates for office, nor does it financially contribute to political campaigns, HR professionals need to participate in the process by voting and encouraging their employees, friends and family to do their civic duty and exercise their constitutional right by voting in this year’s election!