SHRM ELECTION RESOURCES

 On Tuesday, November 3, Americans have the opportunity to vote in the 2020 presidential election, congressional races in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and various state and local-level elections. These elections will shape the future of workplace policy. Now more than ever, the voice of HR must be heard.

Get Out the Vote

Your voice impacts workplace policies enacted in Washington, D.C. and state capitals—affecting HR professionals and Americans across the country.

It is essential to actively encourage others to participate in the election process and vote on November 3.

Visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s 2020 Elections Resource page to find comprehensive resources to help you share your voice this November.

COVID-19 and ELECTIONS

Voting is the best way to elevate the voice of HR. However, this year has brought on many new challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic will change the way many Americans participate in this year’s elections. Whether it is voting by mail or voting in person, the health and safety of our communities must be top of mind.

Read the CDC’s latest guidance on how to be safe at the polls or to find safe alternatives if you are unable to travel to polling locations.  

SHRM’s Latest Election News

SHRM's Presidential Debate: Workplace Policy Word Search

The U.S. vice-presidential debate will take place on October 7. Join the SHRM External Affairs Team and complete our Workplace Policy Word Search. Stay tuned to download your board and share your results with @SHRM and @SHRMAdvocacy on social media! 

10 Ways to Help Employees Vote

As Election Day approaches, a growing number of employers are actively encouraging their employees to vote. Hundreds of big-name companies, including Target, Walmart, Twitter and General Motors, have publicly pledged to help get out the vote by providing information, reminders and paid time off to their employees.

Where Kamala Harris Stands on Workers' Pay and Benefits

On Aug. 11, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced his selection of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his vice-presidential running mate. SHRM Online has gathered the following articles about positions Harris has taken on issues relating to pay and benefits for private-sector U.S. employees. While these are not positions endorsed by the Biden-Harris campaign, they reveal Harris’ thinking and suggest the policies she would be likely to champion in a Democratic administration.

Presidential Election: A Labor Relations Overview

This year’s presidential election puts a spotlight on labor relations, with former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden supporting union-backed legislation that President Donald Trump has opposed.

Biden supports a bill known as the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act that would significantly change labor relations law, making it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors and expanding the definition of “joint employer.”

Presidential Election: Candidates Back Paid-Leave Proposals

Both presidential candidates support paid-leave proposals—which would be a first of their kind in federal legislation—though the paths each would take to create paid leave veer widely.

Trump and Biden Envision Different Paths to Retirement Security

There is not a lot of overlap between the proposals that President Donald Trump and challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden have championed regarding private-sector and government retirement benefits. Read about the candidates’ proposed changes to employer-sponsored savings plans and Social Security.

Biden and Trump Want Lower Health Care Costs, but Approaches Differ

Access to affordable health care remains a high priority for voters across the U.S. In a January survey of 1,011 adults by Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, roughly 80 percent ranked “taking steps to lower the cost of health care” as extremely or very important. Of that group, 89 percent were Democrats and 76 percent were Republicans.

Presidential Election: Raising the Minimum Wage

Whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour is one of many employment issues at stake in the 2020 presidential election.  

Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. He also supports ending the tipped minimum wage and the subminimum wage for workers with disabilities. President Donald Trump has sometimes supported that stance, but Republicans generally have been opposed to an increase to $15 an hour.

2020 ELECTIONS at a glance

2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

President Donald Trump

President Donald J. Trump

  • 45th President of the United States
  • Received a bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business
  • Appointed president of his family’s real estate business in 1971; made his fortune from building and renovating skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses as well as brand licensing
  • Managed The Trump Organization until his presidential inauguration
Vice President Micheal Pence

Vice President Michael R. Pence

  • Vice President to President Donald J. Trump since 2016
  • Received bachelor’s degree from Hanover College, and a J.D. from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University
  • Served as U.S. congressman for six terms representing the Sixth Congressional District of Indiana from 2000-2010
  • Elected Governor of Indiana in 2013
President Donald Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden

  • Served as vice president to President Obama for both terms, 2009-2017
  • Received bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Syracuse University
  • Served as U.S. Senator for Delaware from 1973-2009
  • Served as Chairman for both the Judiciary and Foreign Relation Committees in the Senate
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris

  • Announced on August 11, 2020 as Joe Biden’s running mate and the Democratic candidate for Vice President
  • Received bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • Served as District Attorney for six years before becoming California’s Attorney General
  • Contended for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020

Workplace Policy Presidential Comparison Tool

Learn how both presidential candidates stack up against SHRM’s Policy Priorities.
Drag the slider left or right to compare policy positions.

Donald Trump's Policy PositionsJoe Biden's Policy Positions

2020 CONGRESSIONAL RACES

House

In the U.S. House of Representatives, all 435 congressional seats are up for re-election. Find your Representative here.

2020 House Map

Senate

Senators elected in 2014 whose terms began with the 114th Congress will be running for re-election.
Find your Senator here.

2020 Senate Map

STATE GUBERNATORIAL RACES

2020 has challenged our nation’s governors like no other year in recent memory. This November, 11 states are holding gubernatorial elections. Nine states are expected to re-elect incumbents (DE, IN, NC, ND, NH, MO, VT, WA, WV), and two seats are open due to term-limits (MT and UT). To learn more about these elections and how they will impact workplace policy issues, click here.

Delaware

  • Julianne Murray
  • John Carney

Indiana

  • Woody Myers
  • Eric Holcomb

Missouri

  • Nicole Galloway
  • Mike Parson

Montana

  • Michael Cooney
  • Greg Gianforte

New Hampshire

  • Chris Sununu
  • Dan Feltes

North Carolina

  • Dan Forest
  • Roy Cooper

North Dakota

  • Shelley Lenz
  • Doug Burgrum

Utah

  • Spencer Cox

Vermont

  • Phil Scott
  • David Zuckerman

Washington

  • Jay Inslee

West Virginia

  • Ben Salango
  • Jim Justice

Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the official adoption of the 19th Amendment into the U.S. Constitution. As we celebrate our nation’s achievements, we cannot do so without remembering those leaders over the hundreds of years who helped us get there – both women and men alike.  To commemorate this landmark anniversary, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.  Watch the video to learn more about this historic anniversary.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

SHRM Celebrates 19th Amendment Centennial

100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. To commemorate this landmark anniversary and to celebrate Women’s Equality Day, SHRM partnered with the National Foundation for Women Legislators to share the power and importance of the 19th Amendment.

Your Voice Matters: Importance of Voting Podcast Episode

Voting is a privilege, and your active participation in the democratic process will shape the future of workplace policy. That is why Sean McIntosh and Andrew Aragon from SHRM’s External Affairs team joined the Career Compass podcast to discuss the importance of voting, how local elections impact your organization and how civic engagement can change our workplaces.

SHRM believes in the power of policy, not politics, to support policy solutions that benefit workers and the workplace regardless of party affiliation.

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