The GSBA Blog


Operation Vote Safe

by Matt Landers, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations
| Oct 05, 2020
As November draws closers, Washington businesses are coming together to help local and state election officials deliver a safe and secure election this fall. GSBA has partnered with Business For America on the nonpartisan Operation Vote Safe to help support efforts in the Evergreen State.

Business for America is mobilizing a national network of civic-minded businesses to assist election administrators in their communities and across the country. Businesses will be invited to support elections by providing:

  • Employee volunteers. Poll workers and ballot counting operations.
  • Equipment and supplies. Safety supplies like PPE and hand sanitizer, equipment like envelope stuffers and dropboxes, and office supplies like pens and sorting bins.
  • Facilities and logistics. Polling places in empty offices or warehouses, fleet vehicles for ballot pickup, ballot dropboxes on company property.
  • Tech. Pro bono election technology and cybersecurity assistance.
  • Communications. Voter guides, social media content, public service announcements.
In Washington, REI and Outdoor Research are providing PPE and raincoats for poll workers.

While our state has been vote-by-mail for years, and we know that the systems are in place to handle the volume of ballots safely and securely, there are still some areas where elections officials could use some specific assistance. Secretary of State Kim Wyman recommends sharing messages from the national #TrustedInfo2020 education effort to combat misinformation. King County Director of Elections Julie Wise asks that business do all they can to encourage their patron to vote. King County even has an ambitious goal in 2020 of reaching 90% turnout!

To get more involved and pointed to the areas that need it most, contact Richard EildlinYou can find also your local county elections department here.