“One Member, One Vote” system depends on small business owners to voice their opinions on their most important issues
As a small business owner, now is an important moment to tell NFIB what federal policy positions to focus on in the year ahead. As part of NFIB’s One Member, One Vote program, NFIB recently unveiled the newest members-only Federal Ballot. With a selection of major issues that matter to Main Street, this ballot will not only drive NFIB’s legislative and regulatory priorities moving forward, but it will also help NFIB hold lawmakers accountable for their votes and encourage members of Congress to put the needs of small business first when it comes to the legislative and regulatory issues that are most important to owners.
This ballot is only available to NFIB members.
- NFIB Members: Log in and fill out your Federal Issue Ballot today.
- Not an NFIB Member? Join today – and then vote your Ballot.
One Member, One Vote Program Gives Greater Voice to Main Street
NFIB’s member ballot system has been the same constant and foundational element of our work for more than 75 years. Every member gets one vote on the issues. No exceptions. This highly democratic system has served small businesses well. NFIB members typically vote on key issues in four ballots each year on the federal and state policy positions NFIB should take.
The newest federal ballot features five issues. All are expected to be major legislative and regulatory issues at the federal level in the coming year. The list includes:
- New taxes
- Labor law enforcement
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Health insurance
- Independent contractors
On each issue, small business owners can vote “yes” or “no” to indicate whether they support or oppose it. Positions on each issue must gain significant majority support for NFIB’s Federal Government Relations team to take that message to the White House, Congress, and federal agencies.
The ballot results also enable NFIB to track how Members of Congress vote, establishing “Key Vote” alerts on the relevant issues. Legislators who vote with small business on key issues 70 percent or more of the time earn NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award.
Voting on NFIB’s current Federal Issue Ballot –ballot #581– remains open until Sept. 31. Members can cast their votes by logging in to their account at NFIB.com/votemyballot.
Non-members can join NFIB right away – the sign-up process takes only a few minutes. Filling out the ballot takes only a few minutes more – but it will shape NFIB’s efforts and impact for months to come.