American democracy is vulnerable because our elections systems are dangerously out of date, making our election data insecure and more prone to errors and manipulation.
The Democracy is Good for Business partnership connects business and local government leaders to advocate for popular, bipartisan reforms to promote election integrity.
Election modernization reforms vary state-to-state, but typically include upgrading election database technology; securing state funding for registration data maintenance; providing for automatic audits of electronic voting equipment; and creating secure data transfers between state agencies and election administration offices to automatically verify and register eligible voters.
In response to COVID-19, teams are providing policy analysis & support, implementation guidance, and other capacity to states to expand access to best practices to protect the upcoming elections. That includes expanding access to mail ballots, protecting in-person polling locations, etc.
Companies that get involved in Democracy is Good for Business are not required to provide any monetary contribution or sponsorship, and will not be asked to make any binding commitments.
Companies can get involved by:
Add your company name and logo. You will join a network of respected industry leaders and prominent brands backing this non-partisan initiative. Your company’s logo will be prominently featured in Democracy is Good for Business communications materials such as the website, summary descriptions, our election integrity promotional campaigns, etc.
Participating in steering committee activities. You will have the opportunity at your discretion to participate in the Democracy is Good for Business steering committee. This will keep you updated and informed on our activities, and will enable you to help guide our planning. Participation is optional.
Signing on to support reforms. You will have the opportunity at your discretion to lend your company’s name to the list of companies supporting specific election integrity policy recommendations and projects that Democracy is Good for Business leads. Your company’s engagement and listing on these specific activities is optional.
In addition, your company will benefit by receiving periodic updates about election integrity policy trends and modernization efforts in key states.
When I co-founded the Sonicare and Clarisonic companies and ran them to great success, I was struck by the power of well-run organizations focused on clear goals. We’re pleased to work with Democracy is Good For Business, as they work to build the solid electoral under footings we need for America to remain a thriving democracy.
— David Giuliani, Co-founder of Sonicare and Clarisonic
An organizer will be in touch to work with you on how you can best support our efforts.
Business has a vital role to play as a partner. Supporting election integrity is good for business because:
Election Integrity Reduces Enterprise Risk
America’s election system is shockingly behind the times. Outdated elections are a threat to the stability of our democracy and our economy. Election integrity is the foundation of a low-risk, reliable, prosperous business climate.
Leadership and Trust
Surveys show declining trust across Americans for their public and private sector institutions. Data show the Covid-19 pandemic has left business as the most trusted source of unbiased information. By stepping up to stabilize and protect our most fundamental right — the right to vote — a company will enhance its status as a leading corporate citizen and will build trust with customers, employees, investors, and communities. Research shows that leading corporate citizens outperform their peers in the stock market, generate higher revenues from sales, and win the talent recruitment and retention battle.
Bi-partisan elected officials at the state and local level are passionate champions for election integrity. Supporting election integrity is one of the most positive, civically-minded acts that a company’s government affairs team can do to engage with policy-makers.
Election modernization reforms have passed in several states. Here are two examples that show how these successful campaigns made an impact.
In 2016, BP partnered with local advocates, business groups, and native organizations to develop a bipartisan, centrist coalition in support of automatic voter registration in Alaska.
The result was a success — on Election Day, Alaska voters called for the state to modernize Alaskan elections, saving precious government resources by updating voting technology and matching Alaska’s voter rolls with other existing government databases.
Taxpayers will enjoy a more secure voting experience, and private sector businesses, like Alaska’s significant fossil fuel industry, will benefit from the improved efficiency and stability that comes with secure, modern elections.
After implementing automatic voter registration in 2016, Oregon saw an increase in turnout of 20 percentage points against 2012 numbers among voters under 30 years old.
Oregon’s Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson (Republican), said: “I'm pleased to report that in Oregon we have reviewed the processes and we are confident that voter fraud in last November's election did not occur in Oregon. Oregon's landmark 'Motor Voter' law, a first-in-the-nation automatic voter registration system when drivers' licenses are issued or renewed, requires verification of residency and citizenship. This system is helping to ensure the integrity of Oregon elections and the trust of Oregon citizens in our election system."
Many of the most successful and storied businesses in America are joining our community.
Elections across the country bring communities together to shape and build their shared future. Unfortunately, the challenges to strengthening election integrity at scale are significant, and we need both political will and private sector innovation to identify and implement catalytic change. Endeavor is proud to champion election modernization and looks forward to working with fellow Coalition members to develop a more engaged and active electorate.
— Amos Buhai, Vice President of Government Relations at Endeavor
Our mission at Facebook is to give people the power to build community, and to bring the world closer together. We're proud to be involved with Democracy Is Good For Business, working together to protect against those who would undermine our elections, to strengthen and safeguard our civic processes.
— Don Seymour, North America Politics and Government Outreach Manager at Facebook
Lyft is proud to join this effort. With 1.4 million drivers nationwide, we support automatic voter registration efforts in states across the country. Our democracy is strongest when everyone has a voice and everyone participates.
— Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Public Policy at Lyft
Twitter was founded on the principle of free and open expression – the bedrock of democracy. As a technology company, we continue to invest in efforts to make Twitter the best place to see and freely discuss everything that matters. We are supportive of modernization efforts across sectors to strengthen elections and encourage civic participation.
— Bridget Coyne, Senior Public Policy Manager at Twitter
JOIN US & LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Democracy is Good for Business believes that businesses can — and must — help make local elections more secure and reliable by modernizing election systems for all eligible Americans, regardless of political party affiliation.
This is good bipartisan legislation and it addresses the fundamental fact that the right to vote is foundational for the rights of Americans in our democracy. We as a people need to do everything we can to knock down barriers, remove hurdles for all those who are eligible to vote, to be able to vote.