Business For Democracy 2023 In March 2022 the American Sustainable Business Network’s Business for Democracy (BfD) working group launched a campaign to build small business collaboratives in 8 targeted states (NC, AZ, NV, CA, WI, MI, OH, PA). The mission was to use the trusted voice of small business to elevate the issue of protecting democracy to be one that voters in the midterms would consider when casting ballots. The message was that a strong democracy was essential for a vibrant entrepreneurial economy and a warning of the negative economic consequences of the country sliding into an autocracy. The campaign supported federal voting rights reform: Electoral Vote Reform Act, Freedom to Vote Act, and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Read about the success of the 2022 campaign here. 2023 Campaign Promoting stronger democracy at the state level is the focus of the 2023 BfD campaign. The BfD campaign of the American Sustainable Business Network is partnering with Rank the Vote, a national grassroots organization advocating for ranked choice voting in local, state, and federal elections. Ranked choice voting offers a way to make our election system more democratic by delivering consensus candidates more interested in problem solving than attacking opponents. Read more about ranked choice voting and the benefits to business here and sign our petition to endorse this election system that will make our democracy stronger for our small businesses and citizens. In addition to democratizing local and state elections via ranked choice voting, the BfD campaign is also working to protect citizen-driven ballot initiatives and advocating for independent redistricting commissions as well as engaging on any other state efforts to curtail democracy. Watch our webinars on efforts to protect democrachy..