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.

#HRVotes

As we approach November 3rd, SHRM wants to ensure everyone has access to the resources and information necessary to vote on Election Day. 

By using the platform below or by texting “HRVotes” to 52886 you can:

  • Register to vote
  • Check your voter registration status
  • Find the candidates running for office in your district
  • Find all your state’s voter information, including important deadlines, COVID-19 guidance, and more.

SHRM’s Latest Election News

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.

Many States Require Employers to Provide Time Off to Vote

Although some employees may choose to vote by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic, others will want to cast their ballots in person, and they may have the right to take time off from work to do so. Learn more about what employers need to know about voting-leave laws ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

HR Q&A's: Are we obligated to give employees time off from work to vote

Laws also vary as to the amount of time that must be provided and whether an employer can dictate which hours are taken off, such as at the start or end of the employee’s workday. Some jurisdictions require postings to advise employees of their voting-leave rights. Additionally, some jurisdictions require employers to provide time off to employees who serve as election officials or to serve in an elected office.

SHRM's Presidential Debate: Workplace Policy Word Search

Throughout the 2020 presidential and vice-presidential debates, we have seen workplace issues emerge. Back by popular demand, we invite you to join us for our third and final round of SHRM’s Workplace Policy Word Search on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. ET to see how the candidates discuss these important topics.

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

Delaware

  • Julianne Murray (R)
  • John Carney (D)

Indiana

  • Woody Myers (D)
  • Eric Holcomb (R)

Missouri

  • Nicole Galloway (D)
  • Mike Parson (R)

Montana

  • Michael Cooney (D)
  • Greg Gianforte (R)

New Hampshire

  • Chris Sununu (R)
  • Dan Feltes (D)

North Carolina

  • Dan Forest (R)
  • Roy Cooper (D)

North Dakota

  • Shelley Lenz (D)
  • Doug Burgrum (R)

Utah

  • Spencer Cox (R)
  • Chris Peterson (D)

Vermont

  • Phil Scott (R)
  • David Zuckerman (D)

Washington

  • Jay Inslee (D)
  • Loren Culp (R)

West Virginia

  • Ben Salango (D)
  • Jim Justice (R)

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.

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.

SHRM does not financially support nor endorse any candidates running for public office.