and in-person election day procedures are subject to changes prior to the elec- tion. NALP will be continuously monitor- ing any developments and updating with the most current information. Your ability to vote and your par- ticipation in the 2020 elections is NALP’s top priority. To be informed and educated NALP recommends that all NALP members independently research candidates for your specific elected offices by visiting their specific campaign websites.

NALP ADVOCACY PRIORITIES Advocate Relentlessly is one of

17 states. Heading into the 2020 elections, Democrats control 11 battleground chambers and Republi- cans control nine.

Going into the election President

Trump’s approval rating has been dropping for various reasons includ- ing, but not limited to, his handling of COVID-19, his handling of civil unrest, a sagging economy and high unemployment rate. BUT historically incumbents have a very strong track record of being reelected and Pres- ident Trump has maintained a solid base of support. While President Trump’s approval rating has dropped, Congress’s approv- al rating is even lower, mired in partisan gridlock. Republicans control the Senate while Democrats control the House, so there is blame to go around. As of writing this article, Democrats are in a strong position to capture both the Presidency and Senate while retaining the House and we could be getting ready for a Democratic “Blue Wave” but there is still a lot of time prior to November. We are due for the

traditional “October Surprise,” which historically has had significant impacts on the election. Additionally, the state of the economy and a possible vaccine for COVID-19 could dramatically alter the playing field.


Now that you understand what’s at stake, it’s important you know how to vote. Voting is your constitutional right and opportunity to play an integral role in our democracy. To assist in these efforts NALP has created an election 2020 information section of the NALP website located at election2020. The election 2020 website serves to provides specific voter information for all 50 states. This information includes: Where/how you can register What you need to register Deadline to register Absentee rules How to find polling place/absentee ballot

Additionally, due to COVID-19, voting by mail will be at historic levels this year

NALP’s five strategic pillars. NALP is the voice of the landscape industry before elected officials at the federal, state and local level, and what happens in November will certainly impact NALP’s advocacy priorities. NALP will be providing additional resources to help members understand industry objectives while also providing informa- tion on where to find elected officials positions on issues. NALP’s tier 1 “priority” issues in 2020 have been: H-2B cap relief Pesticide/fertilizer restrictions Landscape services deemed “es- sential”

Water quality and use Pesticide applicator certification and training NALP has previously provided and will continue to provide information on elected officials that have supported NALP Tier 1 “priority” issues. The 2020 election is likely a transformative election for our future. We want to ensure that you have all the necessary information to ensure your ability to vote, and we encourage you to do so. Nov. 3 is just around the corner… For any questions or concerns involving voting or the 2020 election please contact Andrew Bray, andrew@ TLP

The map to the left shows the 35 seats that are available in the Senate. The brown states are considered toss ups while the light blue states are likely or lean Demorcratic. The light red states are likely or lean Republican. Solid blue and red are considered safe for Dem- ocrats or Repbulicans,

respectively. Graphic: 270ToWin

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