An Open Letter to Candidates and Election Officials During the 2022 Midterm Election

At Business for America, we believe that the business community has a bottom-line economic interest in protecting the democratic institutions upon which our republic relies — including fair, safe, and secure elections. This open letter expresses our expectations that every candidate and election official encourage a peaceful, orderly, and safe election process.

We invite every American company and business association to reinforce these principles by amplifying them in their own communities.


Every candidate, election official, and public servant

Business for America
Upholding our country’s democratic norms, electoral processes, and rule of law
November 3, 2022

As the midterm elections get underway across the United States, we have written this open letter to express business community support for free and fair elections. We are urging every candidate and election official nationwide to uphold our country’s democratic norms, electoral processes, and rule of law.

Our member companies come from diverse industries and locations, and our employees hold a wide variety of political viewpoints. We all agree that America’s past traditions of orderly elections and peaceful transfers of power are essential to our functioning as a nation.

From a business viewpoint, countries with democratic governments have better business conditions and economic outcomes than their non-democratic counterparts. Election disruptions and political instability threaten our financial markets and economic competitiveness. As such, our companies have a bottom-line business interest in the reliability of our country’s election processes.

We stand at a pivotal moment for our nation, as misinformation, threats of violence, and election interference undermine faith in our democratic republic, placing our national security and economic prosperity at risk. For these reasons, we call on every candidate and election official to act in accordance with the following principles:

  • Elections must be conducted according to the rule of law without partisan bias.
  • Eligible voters must be able to exercise their right to participate in a transparent, safe, and secure electoral process without undue barriers.
  • Candidates and election officials must promote a peaceful election process free from intimidation or threats of violence against election workers and opponents.
  • Claims of election irregularities must be submitted in good faith for judgment by the judicial system in accordance with the law, and all participants must accept the outcomes of adjudication.

Regardless of the results on election night (and the days that follow as the counting of votes proceeds), we ask every candidate, election official, and public servant to put our country first by committing to act according to these principles and helping to restore confidence in our elections.

Looking for additional ways to get involved? Visit our partner sites to see how you can encourage a peaceful, orderly 2022 midterm election.

Over 700 candidates have signed Team Democracy's 2022 Safe and Fair Elections Pledge. Sign the pledge — and candidates and officeholders to sign as well — at teamdemocracy.org.

The Carter Center has partnered with more than 50 organizations across the political spectrum to develop and promote the Candidate Principles for Trusted Elections. Add your signature to show support for these principles at principledcandidates.org.