Small Business Voters: The Reach of Their Influence

Date: October 31, 2018

NFIB encourages small business voters to make their voices heard.

When small business owners show up as small business voters, the impact is far-reaching.

A small business voter can multiply his or her vote by informing friends, community leaders, and neighbors about how important it is for them to prioritize small business issues when they enter the ballot booth this year.

Just look at the 2016 election, for example.

“Ninety-one percent of NFIB’s endorsed candidates from 2016 were elected, and we passed tax reform,” says Sharon Sussin, NFIB’s National Political Director. “That’s why it matters. Good small business policy starts with electing good small business candidates, and that [passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017] is a clear example where if we didn’t have the right people in this Congress, we would not have the right legislation.”

This year, the stakes are just as high. In November, voters will elect leaders who can foster a strong small business environment or diminish it. The next Congress can decide whether small business tax cuts are made permanent and whether more regulatory relief is on the horizon. November’s election results could continue to drive small business optimism—which hit a 45-year high recently—or send it plummeting.

RELATED: Visit NFIB’s Election Center to register to vote, view NFIB-endorsed candidates, and find additional small business voter resources. 

Your vote counts. In 2017, a New Mexico state house election was decided by two votes. In a New York State Senate race, the margin was 33 votes. And every election cycle includes similar examples of narrow wins.  

Ahead of this year’s midterm elections, NFIB deployed road teams to encourage small business voters to get to the ballot box on Nov. 6.

RELATED: Learn more about NFIB’s road teams.

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