The forthcoming mid-term Election on November 4 is looking like a key opportunity to influence policies important to the wood supply chain and forest-dependent communities. Pollsters and other observers have made the point that the balance of power in Congress, and the composition of Congressional leadership, especially in the Senate, will hang significantly on what happens at the polls on that day.
To get the pro-forestry message heard, we need strong voter turn-out.
There are many steps FRA members can take to ensure that the Congress seated in January represents their interests:
- meeting with House and Senate candidates when they are campaigning at home;
- attending rallies; and,
- organizing and supporting mill tours for candidates and their staff.
But the most important thing you can do is to turn up at the polls on November 4 and to encourage others to do the same.
If an employee, co-worker, business contact, or other community member is not registered to vote, you can make it easy for him or her. At FRA’s Register To Vote module, anyone who isn’t registered can get the process started by entering his or her zip code in the space provided. The module provides information about voter registration deadlines and a downloadable mail-in voter registration form, as well as information about early voting and finding a voting location.
With so many federal policies depending on legislative action—taxation, reforestation labor, truck weight reform, small business survival, and the general regulatory climate—this Election will be critical. Let’s make sure forestry sends its message.