Electing “retail friendly” public officials and fair judges is extremely important to Alabama’s retail climate.
In preparation for the Sept. 26 Special Primary Runoff (see Election Calendar), the Alabama Retail Association asks retailers to:
- Encourage All Your Employees to Register to Vote.
Download a Voter Registration Form for you and/or your employees. The Primary Runoff registration deadline was Monday, Sept. 11.
- Encourage Those Who Can’t Go to the Polls to Vote Absentee.
Sometimes it is impossible to get to the polls on Election Day. If your employees work shifts of 10 hours or more that coincide with polling hours or if they will be not be in the county on Election Day, they can vote absentee.
Download an Absentee Ballot Application now for you and/or your employees.
Once the application is completed, take it or mail it to the absentee election manager (usually the circuit clerk) at your local courthouse to receive an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Thursday, Sept. 21. The completed ballot is due by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.
- Give Your Employees Time Off to Vote.
Under Alabama law, you have to give your employees up to an hour off of your choosing to vote. However, this law doesn’t apply if an employee begins work at least two hours after the opening of the polls or their shift ends at least one hour before the closing of the polls. Polling hours in Alabama are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Encourage your employees to vote, whether they do so during work hours or before or after work. Find your polling place.
Alabama has updated its voter ID requirements, so be sure to remind employees to bring a valid form of photo identification with them to the polls.
- Explain to Your Employees How a Favorable Political and Legal Climate Helps Provide a Stable Retail Climate.
The Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, a coalition of businesses and pro-business organizations, including Alabama Retail, committed to restoring legal fairness in Alabama has compiled some helpful guidelines for employers on how to communicate with employees about elections.
Go to Election Communications to learn how retailers can make a difference in elections.
- Ask Your Employees, Associates and Family to Support Individual Candidates.
Prior to each election cycle, Alabama Retail members receive the Alabama Retail Association’s Voter Guide. The special election primary runoff guide will be provided to you electronically. You can post the guide on message boards, distribute with paychecks, deliver through internal mail and hand-deliver at meetings. Share this information. Of course, when speaking with employees be careful to explain that no adverse action will be taken against any employee based on his/her political views.
Please do your part
to make the VOICE of retailing heard in Alabama!
Alabama’s future depends on it.