2020 Election Update – NALP Creates Voting Resources

ON TUESDAY, NOV. 3, AMERICANS ACROSS THE NATION will head to their polling places to cast their vote in a historic election that will have profound impacts on the direction of our nation. Our nation seems more divided than ever and as we near election day NALP wants to stress the importance of this election and provide you information to assist and encourage you to vote.

By Andrew Bray VP, Government Relations

This article was written on Aug. 13, 2020

As the national association for the landscape industry we believe this election is extremely important for the entire nation but also specifically for the landscape industry. Votes casted in Novem- ber will elect officials for two-, four- or six-year terms in which the elected officials will craft policies, laws and regulations that will impact the landscape industry at the federal and state level. We want all NALP members and landscape professionals to let their voices be heard through their ability to vote. These may seem cliché but they are true: Elections matter Your vote can make a differ- ence

Elections have consequences Every vote counts You can’t complain if you didn’t vote

Now is the time to start fo-

cusing in on the 2020 elections, get informed, be prepared and be ready to participate in the democratic process.

WHAT’S AT STAKE Once every four years we experience a proverbial “perfect storm” of a presidential election combined with the possibility of major changes in the partisan balance of power in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and many state governor mansions and state legislative chambers. The outcome of the election results could drastically change the majority and minority status of America’s two political parties. AND 2020 looks to be no different.

Presidential Race - Pres- ident Trump (R) vs. Former Vice President Biden (D)

Senate – In the Senate, 35 senators are up for reelection. Of those 35, 23 are Republi- cans and 12 are Democrats. The Republicans hold a 53 to 47 majority that could be in jeopardy with several of those Republican senators in races deemed a “toss-up.”

House – All 435 seats are up for grabs in the biennial election for the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrats hold a 223 to 188 advantage over the Repub- licans with about 24 seats deemed as “toss up”. At this stage in the race it appears the Democrats will retain the House, but a strong showing by President Trump could put the House back in play.

Governors – 11 states will be voting for their governor

State Legislatures – 43 states will have elections for their state legislative offices. Of those states, 22 state legislative battleground cham- bers have been identified in

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