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Why the mid-terms – and your vote – matters…

November 5, 2018
Tomorrow we go to the polls in what is arguably one of the most important mid-term elections in recent memory. Americans will elect 435 Members of the House of Representatives and 35 Senators. And the balance of power in each chamber of Congress is up for grabs. In addition, there are several key gubernatorial elections – Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania come to mind – that will not only affect the political environment in these states, but will have a direct impact on the fraternal community as governors in each of those states are responsible for appointing the regulators that oversee our financial services operations. My simple message on the eve of the elections is this: Vote. In my mind, voting is both a right and a privilege – perhaps the most important of these. And it’s one that too many Americans choose not to exercise. The cable news pundits are lauding the fact that as many as 50% of eligible voters will cast a ballot in this election. That means 50% won’t. And that’s a sad commentary on the state of our democracy. I came across this great item that attests to the importance of these mid-terms. Check it out and see if it doesn’t provide a little more motivation for you. So, get up a little earlier, take a longer lunch, leave work a little earlier, and allow all your employees to do the same. But VOTE! The ballot box is where we are all equal. Your vote counts as much as mine. But it only counts if you VOTE! In the days following the election, the Alliance will publish a full report on what the outcome means for the fraternal community. Be looking for this analysis in mid-November (after the dust has settled a bit), along with an update on the Alliance’s transition to the new business model and a look ahead at our strategic objectives for 2019.