Businesses in Georgia continue to give support for election workers and voters
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 28th, 2020) — Business for America (BFA), a national nonprofit, announced the continuation of its 2020 Operation Vote Safe campaign, mobilizing businesses to provide PPE and related resources to state election officials and GOTV organizations in Georgia in light of the COVID-19 crisis. BFA is partnering with local group GAVotingWorks as well as the National Election Defense Coalition to secure the safety of Georgia voters through the January 5th senate runoff election.
Business for America kicked off their Operation Vote Safe campaign during the summer, working with civic-minded businesses to donate more than $2 million in supplies and services to keep polling places safe and ensure citizens could exercise their right to vote without jeopardizing their health. “When we started the process, a state election official told us that they felt like they were digging through the sofa cushions for spare change — every contribution would make a difference,” said BFA Founder and CEO Sarah Bonk. “Recognizing that reality led more than 50 companies to contribute PPE across the nation.”
Now, despite the completion of the general election and reduced media attention, businesses in Georgia and elsewhere have stepped up to continue the work, providing 25 new ballot drop boxes for those avoiding lines at polling locations, and almost 200,000 units of PPE. A list of companies participating includes: Andersen Windows & Doors, Clif Bar, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, Doing Good Works, Dr. Bronner, Eagle Products, ECOS, Home Depot, Newell Brands, Patagonia, Sodexo, and Southwire. Voter turnout is expected to rival that of the November election.
“It’s critical people feel safe casting their ballots in this election. We’re proud to donate 35K masks for the Senate runoff election to protect voters and volunteers just as we have done in our stores for customers and associates,” said Heather Kennedy, vice president of government relations at The Home Depot.
“It’s important to us to help protect the health of election workers in Georgia because what they have been doing for months 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 want the people of Georgia and all citizens of our country to be able participate in the democratic process safely and securely.”
Businesses can learn more about Business for America’s Operation Vote Safe and still sign up to help at OperationVoteSafe.org
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