ABI Works to Inform You and Your Colleagues

August 10, 2018 | It runs in the family Nicole Crain, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, ABI, ncrain@iowaabi.org

Each month you read about ABI public policy events or legislative issues the association is working to advance on your behalf. However, there is perhaps no more important topic than what the ABI public policy team will be working on in the next three months: voter education.

Iowa is on center stage when it comes to the presidential elections. But just because there isn’t a presidential election this year doesn’t mean November is any less important. Every vote counts. We have seen time after time the number of races at the local and statewide level that come down to a few dozen votes. We want to make sure you have the resources you need to make an informed decision in November. Here are just a few ways that you can stay up to date on key issues and election information.

Subscribe to the Election Update newsletter. This weekly newsletter, published from September to November, gives ABI members a preview of key legislative races, political analysis and important voter registration and absentee voting deadlines. The members-only, subscription-based newsletter will also provide ABI members with the first look at ABI Friend of Iowa Business endorsements. Please contact me if you would like to receive this newsletter.

Visit IAVotes.com. ABI’s grass-roots and voter education website has a plethora of nonpartisan information that you can share with your colleagues and friends. The website contains voting records of state representatives and senators and voter registration and absentee ballot deadlines, as well as candidate comparisons for Iowa’s congressional races. The website is the one-stop shop for all voter education information throughout the election season.

Follow IAVotes on Facebook and Twitter. Information will be posted this fall to educate the public about the importance of voting. On Election Day we will provide polling place information and live updates once the polls close. Our social media channels give you resources at your fingertips to ensure you get to the polls and vote. If you’re an employer, please share these resources with your employees. If you are a political guru, please share them with your friends who may not be as excited about Election Day as me. In Iowa, we have a month before the election to vote. We also have from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. the day of to ensure we can make it to the polls and exercise our right. While you have a few months to prepare, I encourage you to check out some of the resources above and be an informed voter. The ABI public policy team is here as a resource for you. Please contact us at any time, and let us know how we can help you.