Encouraging active participation in our democracy.
Get Out and Vote, Asheville!
Vote AVL is a non-partisan movement to increase voter turnout in Western North Carolina by helping independent business owners encourage their employees to register, educate themselves, and vote!
We will provide participating businesses with voter registration forms, voter guides, and necessary voter information and they will, in turn, provide these to their staff. VoteAVL will then collect completed voter registration forms from businesses and deliver them to the Board of Elections before the voter registration deadline (October 9, 2020).
We are asking independent businesses to make a 3-part pledge:
1- A pledge to encourage their employees to register to vote at their current address, and to provide employees with the information and paperwork necessary to register or update their registration.
VoteAVL will provide physical voter registration forms to your business upon request, and will then collect completed forms and submit them to the Board of Elections for processing before the deadline!
2- A pledge to provide non-partisan information about the candidates and issues that will be on the ballot, so that their employees can make an educated choice.
VoteAVL will provide physical comprehensive voter guides to participating businesses, and request that these guides be distributed to employees and/or left in clear sight in common areas, such as break rooms.
3- A pledge to allow each employee ample time to vote on Election Day, if they are unable to vote beforehand, and to help their employees locate their proper polling location.
We ask that you write your schedule so your employees have the time they need to cast their ballots. The time you allow may be paid or unpaid, but there must be no penalization for the time your employees take in order to participate in the election. Remember that Early Voting and Absentee Voting make it even easier to make time to vote!
The voter ID law approved by voters in 2018 has been challenged in court and IS NOT IN EFFECT for this election cycle as it stands. This may change by November, but for the primaries, this will not be a factor. It’s important that we inform everyone who might otherwise be discouraged from voting if they did not have a government-issued ID.
Did you know that 60.4% of Buncombe County’s registered voters participated in the 2018 midterm election (source), which is down about 10% from the 2016 general election (70%)? (source) In 2020, will you help us break the turnout record? Register your employees and encourage them to vote!