For Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE - A grassroots, non-partisan group, 2 Hours 4 Your Country, has been launched to fight voter apathy and help boost voter turnout for the Nov. 6 national and local elections.
The group and associated movement were formed by residents of St. Lucie County.
"If the employers and employees get behind this movement, the apathy will turn into interest because we know they will vote," said Steve "Hawk" Levy, founder.
"Awareness, availability, knowledge and belief that their votes will make a difference is what we are trying to accomplish," he said.
"It seems that everybody is just talking right now. This movement creates the opportunity and drive for everyone to do something. This will turn the relentless onslaught of political advertising and the 24-hour news cycle into something positive. People will pay attention."
Regardless of political affiliation, the November election could be the most important election ever. That is why 2 Hours 4 Your Country is challenging business owners, locally and nationwide, to give their employees two hours on Election Day to support the country through the power of the polls.
"It's a simple concept every business can embrace to make a major difference for the future of our nation. We urge businesses to accept our challenge and get everyone out to vote," said Mr. Levy.
Founding members of 2 Hours 4 Your Country represent a balanced spectrum of political viewpoints and include Ken Mascara, St. Lucie County sheriff; Jack Kelly, Port St. Lucie city councilman; Roger Dunshee, Twin Vee Catamarans founder; Sam Yates, media expert and public relations business owner Mr. Levy, owner of St. Lucie Jewelry and Coins.
"Support from business owners has been tremendous," said Mr. Levy.
"Everyone who hears about 2 Hours 4 Your Country says it's a concept long overdue and they want to participate. We ask that businesses accept our challenge and in turn, challenge at least two other businesses to give their employees time off to vote on Election Day. This can have powerful results as it becomes a national trend."
The group has launched a website, www.2Hours4YourCountry.org, where businesses can learn more about the movement and sign up to show their patriotism and support.
"In a small straw poll, we found that the primary reason for not voting was, 'I had to work.' As business owners, isn't it our duty to ensure easy access to voting? By closing your business doors for only two hours or allowing workers to take time off to vote, you are leading your staff in the right direction by making it easier for them to vote," Mr. Levy said.
Business owners who choose to participate in the get out the vote movement can show their patriotism by listing their business on the website.
The website also features free downloadable cards, decals and other information business owners may use to show they are supporting the get out the vote movement.
Businesses and individuals may also make donations to support the movement or purchase T-shirts and other items to help defray costs associated with what could become a national movement.
For more information, visit www.2Hours4YourCountry.org.