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Voting Information Tool

The Voting Information Tool (VIT) below is an easy to use voting information tool that offers official voting information–such as polling place and ballot information–to anyone, using just a residential address.

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This short messaging service (SMS) tool provides voters with election information via text message. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration URLs. The app is available in multiple languages.

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Just for Fun

Here are some great tools built and managed by the Sunlight Foundation that you may find interesting.

Capitol Words explores the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search the data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician.

Influence Explorer connects the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level allowing you to track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.

Open States allows anyone to discover more about lawmaking in their state. With Open States, you can track state bills, get campaign and contact information for legislators and follow all the action across 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Party Time documents the political fundraising circuit. From the early morning hours until late at night, there are opportunities for members of Congress, presidential and congressional candidates to meet with supporters behind closed doors, press them for money and party. Breakfasts, luncheons, barbecues, golfing outings, receptions, concerts, basketball, baseball, football—the social whirl is endless.

Political Ad Sleuth is an opportunity for local volunteers to help us make a national, online database of TV stations’ public ad files. This paperwork, which every broadcaster keeps but doesn’t post online, contains important information about who is buying airtime for political ads.

For more on what the NASE is doing for Small Business in Washington, check out Washington Watch.

The Latest...

Here's a sample of some of the things we've been working on.


Administration Proposes 21st Century Retirement System

Friday, February 26, 2016

In November the Administration launched the MyRA retirement tool encouraging individuals to establish retirement accounts, however,  President Obama has now focused his attention on small employers (with less than 100 employees) who currently do not offer a retirement plan to their employees.

For small employers, the challenges tied to administering retirement plants have proven to be complex and in some cases, the fiduciary responsibility for proper plan administration is a liability that a small employer cannot justify.

Yet, in the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget (FACT SHEET: Building a 21st Century Retirement System), his administration proposes several actions to encourage and potentially force small employers to offer retirement accounts, including:

Make it easier for employers to create pooled 401(k) plans to lower cost and burden.
Provide tax cuts for businesses that choose to offer more generous employer plans or switch to auto-enrollment.
Expand retirement savings options for long-term, part-time workers.
Proposed to automatically enroll workers without access to a workplace plan in an IRA.

While the intention of the President’s proposal is to create additional opportunities for Americans to save for their retirements, we are cautious as to the legal and paperwork burden this could place on small business owners. The NASE continues to monitor action on the proposal and will work with our members when the time comes to draft a policy statement that represents our members.

Katie Vlietstra is NASE’s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs.

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