Chamber Position on 2020 General Election Ballot Measures
With election day upon us, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage all of our members to get out and vote absentee or in-person on November 3rd. As a Chamber, we believe a politically engaged community creates a strong community.
This year, you will encounter three separate ballot measures. The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has taken a stance on one of these. As your leading business and community advocate, the Chamber urges you to vote "NO" on Constitutional Amendment A.To learn more about why the Chamber has taken these stances, please read the following summary:
Constitutional Amendment A: Legalizing marijuana—an enormous and complex decision—through a constitutional amendment is the wrong approach. Any unintended consequences of this amendment would have to be correct thought a vote of the people—a slow and arduous process. Secondly, there will be giant workforce and business ramifications if CA-A passes. Employers already struggle to retain a reliable workforce and legalizing marijuana would further complicate this issue. In addition, and unlike alcohol, there is no standard of what constitutes impairment which will undoubtedly create challenging human resource and legal environment for all employers.
For detailed analysis on each ballot measure, click here to access the Chamber's issue briefs.
With that said, the most important thing is that our members express their views by getting out to vote. You may vote absentee ahead of Election Day or polls are open 7:00 am –7:00 pm on November 3rd. Your polling location is can be found on the Secretary of State's website by clicking here.
After extensive research and evaluation of certain issues, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors may determine that an official position should be taken to reinforce the relevance and importance the issue has upon its membership. A rationale for this decision is determined, including how this position aligns with the Chamber’s mission as well as the potential impact the issue could place upon its members.
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