Election 2020: Who Would Receive Your Vote?

March 10, 2020 12:11 PM , Updated March 24, 2020 9:27 AM
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It’s a presidential election year and control of the White House, the Senate and the House are up for grabs. With the list of candidates being narrowed, how would you vote?

Federal employees tend to vote in high numbers, pay close attention to the candidates, the issues that matter to them and, of course, are impacted by the results of a national election both as an American citizen and also in their employment as federal workers.

While the federal workforce was set up as a nonpartisan, professional workforce to work with those selected by voters to serve the public, federal employees vote along with other citizens and still have personal political opinions (although subject to restrictions of the Hatch Act).

And, while federal employee unions did not emerge as a political force until the last several decades, they are vocal, receive considerable publicity, and are very politically organized.

Their impact is unknown but their role in representing the public face of federal employees clouds the nonpartisan nature of the federal workforce. In the upcoming election, unions may see their future at risk as they have spent considerable time, effort and money to restrict and delay actions by President Trump that would limit their impact and influence.

With this in mind, we have added a question on this in the survey for the first time to gauge unions’ influence on the voting interests of the federal community.

While the final elections are not held until November, politics will be regularly making headlines. Moreover, we do not yet know who will be the Democrats’ presidential nominee.

The survey is now closed. You can read about the results in this article: Election 2020: Which Candidate Do Federal Employees Prefer?.

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