“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right
to vote except the American people themselves
and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
~~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Did you know that two races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives two years ago were decided by fewer than 1,000 votes? That fact underscores the importance of casting your ballot on Election Day.
Voter turnout during “off-year” (or non-presidential) elections consistently averages about 35 percent of eligible voters – meaning that the fate of Congress is determined by only a third of the country.
Of the dozen members of the Congressional CPA and Accountants Caucus, ten members are running for re-election (Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) is retiring after five terms, while Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wisc.) term won’t expire until 2016). Eight other CPAs are making bids for House seats.
In addition to choosing the entire House (435 members) and approximately one-third of the Senate (36 seats), Americans will be asked to weigh in on more than 125 statewide ballot questions.
The AICPA urges you to exercise your right to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.
AICPA Key Person Program
In a related note, you probably know that grassroots participation plays a critical role in helping the AICPA inform and educate elected officials about issues of importance to the accounting profession. Our Key Person Program is one way we maximize our grassroots effectiveness.
If you have a relationship with a member of Congress and are not already identified as a member of the Key Person Program, please contact Vicki Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org to become involved.