YOUR VOTE = YOUR VOICE
TL;DR: Bee Partners believes full voter participation is fundamental to our democracy. We’ve launched YOUR VOTE = YOUR VOICE to encourage voting. Please:
1. Register to vote
3. Protect fair access to voting, including giving your employees time off to vote.
4. Download our YOUR VOTE = YOUR VOICE badge and post it to your site, your social media & anywhere you want to show your support for fair access to voting.
See below for badge download info then scroll down for a full explainer on why this matters to us and a bunch of great resources on voting. Most of all: VOTE!
Why does Bee Partners care about voting access?
Bee Partners believes everyone should have equal access to opportunity; what you make of that opportunity is up to you.
That belief is core to our business model and it also matters to us in the larger world.
In venture, we get to see unique, singular, sometimes even seemingly tiny ideas turn into scalable business models that create fundamental change. So too can the kernel of an idea drive civic change—and its inflection point is when it’s called for a vote. Our work as early-stage VCs happens ahead of that inflection point for a company. The real work of civic change happens ahead of voting: making sure everyone who can vote is registered and making sure every voter has equal access to cast their vote.
In a democratic system in which we each have the power to cast one vote, we each have equal opportunity to change our democracy in the ways we think best. The right to vote is a fundamental pillar of our cherished American way of life that affords us these opportunities.
That’s the way things ought to work.
Unfortunately, it’s clear that not every eligible voter in the United States votes (recent turnout for general elections is consistently under 60 percent). Sometimes people just don’t have the information they need about voting basics like where, when, and how to vote, or even why. There are also millions of eligible voters for whom voting has been made difficult. There are several reasons for this, including:
Making voting difficult leads to disillusionment, which leads to less of the civic involvement necessary for a participatory democracy. In 2016, the United States ranked 26th out of 32 developed countries in voter turnout. Ironically, many who don’t or can’t vote are those most affected by government programs in which they could have a voice.
Any restriction on access to voting makes America less of a democracy, and that’s bad for all of us. The actual restrictive practices make it especially more difficult for people of color and people with disabilities to vote. We at Bee Partners do not want to live in an America in which this is the case.
What do we mean by access to voting?
We would like to see an America in which:
What is Bee Partners doing?
What can YOU do?
Register yourself and vote
Help register others
Fight for Access
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died to protect our democracy and our right to vote. The most important thing you can do to protect that access is to vote yourself and to be an informed voter. You can also: