Donation part of Business for America’s Operation Vote Safe initiative mobilizing businesses to provide necessary resources and supplies to elections officials to help make the election safer and more secure
LACEY, WA (October 28, 2020) —Businesses statewide are stepping up to help ensure the 2020 general election is safe and secure for all Washingtonians.
ECOS®, the maker of plant-powered cleaning products, is donating its new One-Step Disinfectant Cleaner to elections offices across Washington state to help protect election workers and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of Business for America’s Operation Vote Safe initiative.
Because ECOS’s disinfectant cleaner uses hydrogen peroxide to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, it creates no harsh fumes or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be toxic, especially to people with lung sensitivities such as asthma.
“It’s important to us to help protect the health of election workers because what they do is so essential to the integrity of our democratic process,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of ECOS. “Our mission for over 50 years has been to protect the health of people and our planet. We have a facility in Lacey, Washington, and we want our employees, the people of Washington, and all the citizens of our country to be able participate in the democratic process safely and securely.” More than 4.72 million people are registered to vote in Washington state. Though Washington is a 100% vote-by-mail state, county elections offices and voting centers are open throughout the 18-day voting period for people to register to vote, receive a replacement ballot, use an assistive voting unit, and more.
“The safety of our voters and election workers is paramount this year, especially as we prepare for what may be a record turnout Nov. 3,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington’s chief elections officer. “It’s encouraging to see businesses and election officials unite to ensure nothing stands in the way of people’s ability to safely vote this fall. We appreciate ECOS’s support in helping state and local election officials safely serve our voters. Voters across Washington can feel confident knowing their election officials are taking steps to provide for their safety.”
Nonprofit Business for America is uniting and mobilizing civic-minded businesses through a nonpartisan initiative to support election integrity and voter accessibility by donating PPE, equipment, and related supplies to states and counties across the country.
“Washington businesses want their employees and customers to be able to vote safely and to have confidence in the results,” said Sarah Bonk, founder and CEO of Business for America, the only national business organization focused exclusively on mobilizing businesses to advocate for election integrity. “We can't let the failure of Congress to provide adequate resources lead to a chaotic election.”
Businesses can learn more about Business for America’s Operation Vote Safe and sign up to help at OperationVoteSafe.org.
Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.
Family owned and operated since 1967, ECOS makes plant-powered laundry detergents and cleaners that are safer for people, pets, and the planet. ECOS cleaners are made in the USA using thoughtfully sourced global ingredients, without dyes, formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, parabens, phthalates, or optical brighteners. They are pH balanced, greywater and septic safe, and never tested on animals. ECOS has won many awards for its green chemistry innovations, including the U.S. EPA 2020 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award. ECOS, Baby ECOS, ECOS Pets and ECOS PRO cleaners are available at major club and grocery retailers and natural foods stores throughout the U.S., internationally and online. For more information and retail locations, visit ecos.com.
About Business for America
Business for America is a nonpartisan network of business leaders advancing solutions to boost civic engagement, reduce political polarization, and modernize government. A well-functioning democracy will help foster a more competitive, innovative business climate in America. Businesses interested in getting involved can learn more at bfa.us.