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April 23, 2004: ARI Program Encourages Industry To Vote

April 23, 2004
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ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has launched a bipartisan voting resource with the introduction of a new Web site that encourages the HVACR industry to participate in the upcoming 2004 elections.

According to ARI, the new online resource (www.voteforbusiness.com/portal/ari/asp) will provide ARI members and guests with the ability to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and educate themselves on state and federal candidates.

"This program will allow our industry to be heard on key industry issues on state and federal levels," said David Pannier, ARI board of directors chairman.

ARI notes that statistics compiled by the Chamber of Commerce shows that ARI members and their employees can have an impact on this year's elections. A year 2000 poll showed that over 19 million white-collar workers did not vote. In addition, says the association, all employees are beginning to recognize that their futures are tied to governmental policies that affect their companies.

"This year we also are encouraging our membership to contact their elected representatives in Washington, DC, to ask for their support on two key issues - continued federal funding for our industry's 21st Century Research program and for technical education under the Perkins Education Act," said Pannier.

Publication date: 04/19/2004

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