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 other materials, and they will provide these to their staff. Vote AVL will also collect completed voter registration forms from businesses and deliver them to the Board of Elections before the October 12th deadline.
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 collect them from your business and take 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 voter guides in late October to participating businesses, and we 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.
This time may be paid or unpaid, but there must be no penalization for the time needed to get to the polls. Remember that Early Voting and Absentee Voting make it even easier to make time to vote!
If you are an independent business owner, or have the authority to speak for one, and would like to make the pledge, please do so here:
Did you know that while 70% of Buncombe County’s registered voters participated in the 2016 general election (source), only 15.75% of registered voters participated in the 2018 primary election? (source) While this was the highest voter turnout amongst NC’s largest counties for the primary, we still have a long way to go in getting more citizens to participate in our democracy for midterm and primary elections!