eBay sent an email to members of its eBay Main Street initiative reminding them to vote and helping them find their voting information.
The letter included a link to a page on the eBayMainStreet.com website where eBay said its industry “has much at stake in this election,” and that elected officials have the ability to positively or negatively shape legislation affecting eBay and its members.
eBay has weighed in on many issues affecting ecommerce and has years of experience marshalling its sellers to lobby on its behalf. The stakes are high right now since Congressional leaders may try to push through online sales tax legislation following the elections and before the new Congress is seated in January in what’s called the “lame duck” session. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put the issue at the top of his priority list, according to TheHill.com.
eBay also used social media to urge its members to write to their senators “to oppose Internet sales tax legislation in the lame duck,” pointing followers to its website where they could learn more and find a sample letter.
The fulltext of the letter eBay sent on Monday to get out the vote follows:
Don’t Forget To Vote Tomorrow
Make your voice heard and your vote count. Find your voting information.
Tomorrow is Election Day. If you haven’t already voted early, either in person or by mail, be sure to get to the polls tomorrow.
This year Americans will elect 435 members of Congress, 35 Senators, 36 Governors and countless state and local officials. If you haven’t yet chosen who you’re going to vote for, or simply don’t know where to go to vote, just click here to go to the Vote page on our eBay Main Street website. The Voter Information tool will help you find your local polling place.
Don’t be silent – make your voice heard and your vote count tomorrow, November 4th!